The Samadrishti Kshamata Vikas Avam Anusandhan Mandal (SAKSHAM), a Nagpur based charitable organization that works for the visually impaired community, has launched its first ever Audio Book Reader, a pocket-sized device that enable visually impaired students to read audio books with much more ease.
The Audio Book Reader (ABR) is equipped with microSD expandable memory card of same kind used in cell phones and digital cameras, that allows maximum of 2-GB of storage.
ABR’s 2-GB storage capacity allows upto 60 hours of audio contents which means that it can record the entire syllabus of Std X or Std XII.
Weighs just 175 gms with rechargeable battery, the Saksham ABR sports a very simple design for easy access by visually impaired users that involves just 5 buttons that allows chapter wise access to upto 60-hours of stored audio contents from books and magazines.
Besides, the user interface the device is designed to provide access to all the menu system using voice assistance allows a easier access and navigation by visually impaired users.
The Saksham Audio Book Reader also features a group hearing facility that allows upto ten students in a group to simultaneously access and listen to audio contents on a single device.
Saksham claims that it plans to record 300 to 350 new titles every year in the library which would include school and university textbooks both in English and Hindi medium. General interest books, including fiction, general awareness, current affairs magazine etc will also be continuously produced. News papers and current affairs magazines will be produced using synthesized voice and made available first time in accessible format to persons with blindness in the country.
The device comes with a 9 volts rechargable battery for portable use that allows upto 9 hours of continuous playback. In addition, Saksham ABR also features AC input port for standard AC adapter power.
Mr. Shirish Darwhekar of SAKSHAM, at the launch of Audio Book Reader
image credit: The Hindu.
SAKSHAM Audio Book Reader (ABR) Features
- Pocket Size Device
- 2-GB microSD Expandable Memory Card
- Stores upto 60 Hours of Audio Contents
- Voice assisted menu system
- Simultaneous usage of upto 10 users
- AC Power Input, AC power adapter
- 9V DC Li-ion rechargeable battery, 9 hours of operation
- Weight: 175 gms
The SAKSHAM Audio Book Reader ABR is available for the price of Rs. 4,000/- for personal use and Rs 5,000 for class room setup and SAKSHAM is looking for sponsors willing to fund the cost of the device for visually impaired students. For more information, please visit www.sakshamseva.in or www.sakshamseva.org.