Oratio for BlackBerry® Is Here

Posted to site May 12, 2010

Longueuil, QC, Canada and Barcelona, Spain – HumanWare and Code Factory announced that Oratio for BlackBerry(R) smartphones can be purchased. Formally known as Orator for BlackBerry smartphones, Oratio is a screen reader software solution that enables visually impaired users to access and operate BlackBerry smartphones using state of the art Text-To-Speech technology to convert the visual information displayed on the BlackBerry smartphone screen into an intuitive speech output. This enables users to use BlackBerry users to increase their independence and productivity in today’s competitive world.           

The name was changed from Orator to Oratio to avoid any confusion with an existing product called Orator being manufactured by a telecommunications company in the USA. “Although we got accustomed to the name Orator for BlackBerry in the last few months, Oratio is less generic and provides a more personalized name and sound for the product” says Michel Pepin, Product Manager at HumanWare.             

Oratio will first be released in North America in English, supporting the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone from AT&T, available through online purchasing from www.oratio4bb.com for $449 US for a single license. Support for additional BlackBerry smartphone models and languages will be available in subsequent versions of Oratio.
Oratio is the product of the joint collaborative efforts between HumanWare, Code Factory, a provider of screen reader technology and maker of Mobile Speak, and Research In Motion (RIM independence in their activities with the ability to stay connected anytime, anywhere. Users will also experience greater flexibility to manage their day-to-day activities in ways that are most convenient for them, increase their productivity and achieve more by quickly and efficiently accessing information they need.          

Oratio also provides employers with an accommodation solution for blind and visually impaired employees that leverage an organization’s existing investment in BlackBerry infrastructure and technologies.         

Feature rich, through its easy to use menu and efficient shortcut keys, Oratio will provide users with auto start mode when the device turns on, different
verbosity levels to allow users to define the amount of information provided, keyboard echo settings for text entry. And easy to use command structure.
Oratio was designed to support the core application found on the BlackBerry smatrtphones allowing visually impaired users to:

  • manage instant messaging, emails, SMS, make and receive calls with access to caller ID on incoming calls, manage contact list and call log.
  • schedule appointments and tasks with alarms and reminders and
  • access to the phone’s settings, ring tones, speed dials and voice tags.            

“Oratio is a screen reader solution for JavaME operating software (O/S).               

HumanWare (www.humanware.com) is a global leader in assistive technologies for the print disabled. It provides products to people who are blind or have low vision and students with learning disabilities.              

Code Factory provides screen readers, screen magnifiers, and Braille interfaces for a wide range of mainstream mobile devices.

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