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ABVI showcases "What's the Latest"

Sep 15, 2011

Rochester, NY (September 15, 2011) – The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) is launching a new event that will keep everyone up to speed on “What’s the Latest.” The first-ever “What’s the Latest” Adaptive Technology Expo is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 22 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at ABVI’s main location on 422 S. Clinton Ave.

“Technology is evolving at such a rapid pace, it sometimes feels impossible to keep up with it. The ‘What’s The Latest’ expos will give members of our community the opportunity to see and try out the latest in the field of mainstream and adaptive technology and devices,” says Chris Frank, ABVI’s Career and Training Team Leader.

In addition to various product vendors, experts will be on hand to give presentations about how people can adapt everyday activities, like reading and identifying various products, through the use of new, accessible technology. These presentations, which will take place in ABVI’s Board Room, include:

Accessing Audio Books at the Rochester Public Library – 2:30 to 3:45 PM

Library representatives Larry Taylor and Greg Benoit will cover the ins and outs of downloading audio books from the Rochester Public Library’s Web site onto computers and iOS devices.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch Reader – 4:00 to 4:30 PM

Representatives will be on hand to demonstrate the NOOK Simple Touch as well as the NOOKColor. The presentation will focus on the ease of use, ability to increase font size and the ability to change the brightness of the devices.

Product Identification with the VizWiz App – 4:45 to 5:30 PM

VizWiz is an app for Apple devices that provides product identification via volunteers. Users can take a photo of the product and record a corresponding question. The app then sends both to a group of volunteers, and within seconds will receive answers about the product. Jeff Bigham, the creator of the app, will demonstrate and answer questions about the app.

“ABVI is the hub of information about adaptive devices in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area. We are constantly updating our technology so we can demonstrate the latest products in the field,” says Chris. “I want people to have the ability to make informed decisions about the products they purchase and to feel like they are in touch with ‘The Latest’ instead of feeling left behind.”

More information about the event is available by calling ABVI at (585) 232-1111.