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Andrew Leibs

New Victor Reader Stream Adds Wi-Fi to DAISY Book & Media Player

By February 3, 2013

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The new Victor Reader Stream

It's hard not to like HumanWare's Victor Reader Stream. The DAISY book and media player stands out --at least to me -- as one the first assistive devices with cell phone sleekness.

The Stream's support for multiple accessible audio, text, and music file formats made it as close to a must-have as it gets for print-disabled readers, especially those with visual impairments. Intuitive navigation via keypad command makes files easy to store and access.

I still use my VRS Library Edition as a voice recorder, but find reading easier with the NLS Digital Talking Book Player and BARD downloads.

The new Stream is sleeker still: thinner and 28% smaller with rounded edges for a more comfortable grip. It also provides Wi-Fi connectivity to content providers such as Audible, Bookshare, and the National Library Service.

Unfortunately, mobile apps can replace these functions, enabling blind and visually people to carry one less device.

Still, the Stream is cheaper than an iPhone, and more immediately accessible. These strengths and continued enhancement should keep the product relevant for years to come.

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