SANote – a Computer for the Blind

SANote, a computer for the blind, is an indigenous technology focusing on low cost/affordability and value benefits, aimed at  improving accessibility by mainstreaming persons with disabilities into society through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Technical Field / Operating Unit or Centre:

ICT / CSIR Meraka

Technology Description:

SANote, a computer for the blind, is an indigenous technology focusing on low cost/affordability and value benefits, aimed at  improving accessibility by mainstreaming persons with disabilities into society through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).  The SANote, a first in South Africa, is a customised solution that provides support for multiple indigenous languages (currently including English, Afrikaans and isiZulu).   The technology is composed of standard computer hardware configured to be portable, and that is battery driven with a standard keyboard. It has a Linux based operating system with a custom built Kernel containing the SpeakUp screen reader. The user interface has an ‘easy to use’ menu navigation system and a file browser that allows access to the operating system, with applications such as the audio editor, a value add that is not available on other systems. The SANote has the potential to make immediate impact in the education and employment sectors.

IPR:

Software and Hardware.  Computer for the blind.

Contact:  Nicki Koorbanally

 

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