[Athen] New Kurzweil product -- Firefly

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Mon Nov 7 11:25:58 PST 2011

Just one additional comment, all the subscriptions will be yearly so the
costs will need to be factored in.


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Sent: Monday, November 07, 2011 11:20 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] New Kurzweil product -- Firefly

This is the response I received from one of their reps.

Firefly is totally web based and is a read only version. It gets all info
from the K3000 - which now has a universal library attached to it for
documents to be converted and saved. The Firefly will be a very simple to
use "text to speech" product but with some of the features - like
highlighting. I don't think it will have the advanced features as it will be
in an unlimited use capacity for all students who need help with reading.
www.fireflybykurzweil.com<http://www.fireflybykurzweil.com> It's not all
in place as yet due out in January.

The k3000 vs 13 will be Pros - no LearnStations and if you want to use it
with the firefly, will need to be web license which will be a subscription.
It varies by the size of the campus that you serve, but will be unlimited
use. You can still purchase stand alone and network, but all Web License is
a yearly subscription. You may get a sizeable credit for what you now own (
through this July) that can apply to future years.


>>> Kathleen Cahill <kcahill at MIT.EDU> 11/7/2011 10:21 AM >>>

Hi Athenites,

Does anyone know what this product is that Kurzweil is releasing called
Firefly?? http://kurzweiledu.com/kurzweil-3000-firefly.html The
information on the Kurzweil website really doesn't tell me much!

Kathleen Cahill
Assistive Technology Consultant
MIT ATIC (Assistive Technology Information Center)
77 Mass. Ave. 7-143
Cambridge MA 02139
(617) 253-5111

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