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Freedom Scientific Releases SARA 9.0 with New Features for Blind and Low Vision Users

(St. Petersburg, Florida - August 14, 2008)

Freedom Scientific today released their newest version of the SARA™ scanning and reading appliance, including numerous enhancements that make the reading experience more enjoyable for both blind and low vision users.

"SARA 9.0 now features built-in Braille support, making the SARA a dynamic reading solution for blind and deaf-blind users," said Dusty Voorhees, Senior Product Manager. "Just connect a portable Braille display, such as a Focus or PAC Mate™ Braille Display, to the SARA's USB, and any scanned document can be read in Braille.

"Low vision users have long appreciated that they can connect the SARA to a monitor for large print access that complements the speech. SARA 9.0 adds new features that let these users control how information is both displayed and read, including 35 new text and background color combinations and options to customize how words are highlighted on the screen as they are spoken.

"SARA 9.0 is an extremely versatile and easy-to-use reading solution for people with any degree of visual impairment."

Other new features in SARA 9.0 include:

  • Updated Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engines that provide users with the latest in available OCR technology
  • BuckScan mode to identify U.S. and Canadian paper currency to determine bill denominations
  • RealSpeak® Solo Direct to provide faster response in menu and document navigation
  • Contrast Adjustment to improve accuracy when scanning low-contrast documents

To learn more about all the features of the SARA and to listen to the wide array of the human-sounding SARA voices, go to SARA Scanning and Reading Appliance.

Existing SARA customers can easily update to SARA 9.0. Contact your local dealer or Freedom Scientific to obtain the update DVD.

About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Freedom Scientific is part of Vispero™. Vispero has its headquarters in the USA and the Netherlands, and offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Through Vispero's multi-tier distribution, Freedom Scientific products are available in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Freedom Scientific® and its products are registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.