[Athen] Daisy Player that can take a beating

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Thu Apr 29 05:57:45 PDT 2010


I think you are referring to the Braille Sense, not the Book Sense. The Braille Sense is on the lines of the BrailleNote and PacMate. The Book Sense is on the same order as the Victor Reader Stream and PlexTalk Pocket. It really is not a small computer.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: 913-288-7671
Fax: 913-288-7678
E-Mail: rbeach at kckcc.edu

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Ron Stewart
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:11 PM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network'
Subject: Re: [Athen] Daisy Player that can take a beating

I have been playing with the PlexTalk PTN1 and I actually like its feature set over the Stream. Both are very durable and have a small wrist strap loop that could be used to tether them down as well though I would worry about the strength of the security. For most users the Booksense is overkill as a DAISY reader and not something that I see checking out on a regular basis since it is really a mini-PC and overkill for the average campus use. Odds on favorite for CD based players is the Victor Classic X+ for durability and the ability to leash it. As many have heard Gaeir and I say, " it passed the drop test, and even the throw across the room test".

I must stay though in my visit to the RFBD and Humanware websites that finding these players was almost impossible. Not a good sign for long term continuation of the product. I am used to the lack of user functionality on the HumanWare site but to find the "new" RFB&D site totally almost totally unusable for access to the good pragmatic solutions that I have looked for in the past really was a bummer on a very long day.


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Kestrell
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 2:05 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Daisy Player that can take a beating

I have a Booksense, and I love it, but even though I only received it at Christmas and didn't start using it until after New Year's, I have already had to have it replaced. It has a known issue with the jack where you plug in the power charger. I have had a similar issue with my laptop--after a while the contact becomes loose. It was easily exchanged because it is a known issue, but still, this could be a major hassle for you.

Also, the Booksense is pretty complex--I think one of the other Daisy players might be much more straightforward to learn.

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From: Hausler,Jesse<mailto:jhausler at cahs.colostate.edu>
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network'<mailto:athen at athenpro.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 11:34 AM
Subject: [Athen] Daisy Player that can take a beating


I am looking to purchase a Daisy hardware player that could survive as a loaner in a library setting. We have a Victor Classic plus and a few Telex Scholars and they are finally nearing the end of their days.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a "work horse" daisy player? Or would the Classic plus still be the one to buy? We use the Victor Wave and Stream for direct student loaning, but are looking for something a bit more sturdy for this purpose.

Jesse Hausler
Assistive Technology Resource Center
Colorado State University
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