Remembering a pioneer in assistive technology
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of HumanWare's co-founders, Jim Halliday, on May 14, 2022. Jim began his career in the 70s and was a pioneer in the field of assistive technology. In 1988, he had the opportunity to start a distribution company that he named HumanWare and served as its president until he retired in 2007. Thanks to Jim's legacy, the HumanWare brand and reputation are well established in the U.S. and the company culture he created by putting people at the center of technology is still present and respected more than three decades after its inception.
A fresh outlook on the revolution of braille - An interview with Andrew Flatres, Braille Product Manager at HumanWare
With twenty years of experience in the assistive technology field in training, managing, advocating, and using braille as a sighted user, Andrew Flatres has seen it all: The braille revolution, its challenges, and its positive impact.
Gilles Pepin to serve as Executive Chairman of HumanWare and Bruce Miles appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer
We are happy to announce that Mr. Gilles Pepin, currently Chief Executive Officer, will now serve as Executive Chairman of HumanWare and has transitioned the Chief Executive Officer role to Mr. Bruce Miles since September 1, 2021.
Gilles Pepin receives the American Printing House for the Blind Horizon Award
Gilles Pepin, founder, and Executive Chairman of Humanware accepted the American Printing House for the Blind ‘Horizon Award’ for his lifetime of service in developing braille products. His innovative work pushed the field to develop better products, leading to the creation of high-quality and efficient tools. Thank you, Gilles! Listen to Gilles' interview on the APH Change Makers podcast at 6:30 min.
Radio France signs a partnership agreement with HumanWare to make its podcasts accessible to blind and visually impaired people
Radio France, the leading producer of podcasts in France, and HumanWare announced the signing of a partnership agreement. This agreement will help make Radio France's programs accessible to all audiences, an objective at the heart of its public service mission. Moreover, the partnership will allow HumanWare to offer Radio France podcasts in its VictorReader range of audio players and is part of the new distribution policy proposed by Radio France to all its partners. Users will be able to access, free of charge, the same catalog of podcasts that Radio France offers on its on-demand listening platforms.
(Please note: the article on the Radio France website is available in French only)
Trekking around the world
Garry Cowan, a former RAF instructor lost his sight in 2015.
Garry is one of the best visually impaired climbers in the world and he is going to use the VictorReader Trek to guide him on his travels which include Japan, China and Russia where he is competing later this year. To find out more about Garry visit: https://www.royalblind.org/blog/scottish-war-blinded/forth-rail-bridge-abseil-how-i-took-on-my-fear-of-heights-to-raise-money-f
Enabling Technologies and HumanWare unite to offer the largest range of braille devices
Enabling Technologies and HumanWare are pleased to announce today a new strategic partnership that will increase Enabling Technologies’ embosser distribution and expand HumanWare’s product portfolio offer into print braille.
Dominic Gagliano Honored at ATIA Conference
HumanWare held a special event to mark the retirement of Dominic Gagliano last week at the ATIA Conference in Orlando. During this special evening, Gilles Pepin and Bruce Miles, respectively CEO and president of HumanWare, gave Dominic a special commemorative album including messages and photos from colleagues, partners and friends who had the pleasure to work with him during his career at HumanWare.
HumanWare is shipping the VictorReader Trek,
delivering orientation & entertainment in one mobile package
November 1st, 2017— HumanWare is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest innovation, the VictorReader Trek. Combining the cutting-edge GPS technology of the Trekker Breeze with the innovative media reading & playback capabilities of the VictorReader Stream, this multiuse handheld device is designed to make mobility easy and enjoyable for people who are blind or visually impaired.
HumanWare releases explore 8, the largest
screen handheld electronic magnifier in the smallest package
HumanWare is thrilled to announce the launch of the latest addition to its groundbreaking explore line, including the explore 3 and explore 5: the powerful and portable explore 8 handheld magnifier.
Appointment of Bruce Miles as President of HumanWare
Gilles Pepin, CEO of HumanWare, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Miles as President of HumanWare, effective July 1st, 2017.
Bookshare security changes notice and impact on Apex users
If you are a bookshare member you may have received a message from Bookshare informing you of some coming security changes which will affect their website and customer experiences.
Supercharge Your BrailleNote Touch Today
with Version 2.0. Math Braille to Print, KNFB Reader,
Braille Display Mode, and So Much More!
Version 2.0 brings many features and enhancements which have been requested by BrailleNote users and demonstrates the kind of innovation that this tool can produce.
The BrailleNote Touch is Shipping Today!
– First Google Certified accessibility device
May 26, 2016 – HumanWare is thrilled to announce that the BrailleNote Touch is shipping starting today! We have received such an incredible amount of responses filled with excitement and anticipation for the BrailleNote Touch. We would like to thank those who placed pre-orders to receive one of the first BrailleNote Touch units.
HumanWare introduces the BrailleNote Touch,
the first Android All in One braille tablet
providing Play Store access
Montreal, March 24 2016 — HumanWare is pleased to introduce the revolutionary BrailleNote Touch at the 2016 CSUN conference in San Diego.
HumanWare unveils Prodigi Connect 12
- An integrated digital magnifier for
the connected classroom
HumanWare is pleased to announce the arrival of the newest member of the award-winning Prodigi family. The Prodigi™ Connect 12 is a highly portable digital magnifier and 12-inch tablet that features an open Android platform with access to more than a million apps and native synchronization to Google's suite of tools.
HumanWare Launches the Trekker Breeze+
The new improved Breeze+ is the most accurate, intuitive, and effective navigation aid designed for travelers who are visually impaired.
KeySoft 9.5 is Available For Download: Internet radio,
UEB Math to Print, Exam Mode, Quick Notes, KeyMaps 2015
Today HumanWare is excited to announce KeySoft 9.5’s availability as a free download for all BrailleNote and VoiceNote Apex users. Whether you are a student, teacher, professional, or a leisure user of the BrailleNote Apex, KeySoft 9.5 has a feature or enhancement for you.
Try the new Prodigi Tablet at CSUN!
Visit the HumanWare booth (505) to test-drive the new Prodigi Tablet, the most complete and lightest handheld magnifier on the market.
HumanWare at ATIA 2015: visit us at booth 101
Test-drive our innovative products, including the BrailleNote® Apex, the leading productivity device for the blind in education, business and for personal use; Victor Reader®, the world's leading family of digital audiobook players; the unique Prodigi™ family of desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and Trekker® Breeze, the all-in-one handheld talking GPS.
Read what the experts are saying about Prodigi
The December issue of AFB AccessWorld Magazine features a great
review of the Prodigi TM Duo electronic magnifier. This new brand recognition positions Prodigi as a highly efficient product that can improve quality of life for people living with low vision conditions.
Another award for Prodigi!
HumanWare is pleased to announce that the Prodigi 2-in-1 digital magnifier recently won an award at the 32nd annual awards of excellence by Tech & Learning Magazine (read the publication press release) .
Prodigi 1.2 is now available
New spoken menus and audio feedback
HumanWare is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Prodigi TM version 1.2, a free software update to the groundbreaking personal vision assistant. Among other great enhancements, Prodigi now reads the menu items out loud.
Victor Reader Stream version 4.4 update NOW AVAILABLE:
Enjoy online podcasts, wireless access to the NLS BARD
The Victor Reader Stream version 4.4 update brings even more exciting new wireless features including online podcasts and wireless access to the NLS BARD service. Enjoy the ability to search and browse thousands of podcasts, subscribe with a single key press and have new episodes automatically downloaded wirelessly to the Stream.
Prodigi 1.1: Prodigi makes reading as easy as 1-2-3!
HumanWare is pleased to announce Prodigi TM version 1.1.0, a free software update to the groundbreaking personal vision assistant that makes it even simpler to get started magnifying and reading.
What's New, What's Free in Keysoft 9.4.1
HumanWare brings another exciting enhancement to the long history of KeySoft. This update introduces KeyMaps, a new application exclusive to BrailleNote Apex users. KeyMaps is a fully accessible virtual navigation application to be included on all BrailleNote Apex devices.
Join us at the 29 th CSUN conference
HumanWare, the global leader in assistive technologies for people who are blind or have low vision, is pleased to announce its participation at the 29 th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference CSUN 2014 in San Diego.
The world's most advanced desktop electronic
magnifier for under £1,500
For a significantly lower price than traditional CCTVs, the new Prodigi Desktop delivers features that people with low vision want and need: unique Diamond Edge Text technology for crisp, clear reading at any magnification. and simple to use Touch and Tap controls that put everything at your fingertips without having to use an X/Y table.