2004 Conference Proceedings

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Mark Sardo
Madentec Limited
Edmonton AB T6E 5H5 Canada
Phone: 780-450-8926
Fax: 780-988-6182
Email: marys@madentec.com

You won't want to miss this informative session on what technology innovations have been done on our products and what's around the corner. During 2003 Madentec made significant changes to some of our product lines, which include Discover and Tracker.

Since 1990, the Discover line, which includes Kenx, Switch, Board and Screen, set a standard in alternative access for Mac computers.

Now, Madentec has taken Discover for Windows (98 SE, 2000, ME and XP) and incorporated it into many other new programs such as Kurzweil 3000, Inspiration, and Internet Explorer and added many new exciting setups for scanning users. An overview of what programs can now be accessed will be reviewed.

"New for 2004" will be a sneak peek at Discover for OSX. Head pointing has been used as a method of access to computers for many years. Madentec has strived to make our technology smaller, better and more affordable for our users. The Tracker has provided smooth and easy access in a number of different environments. Most recently, many AAC users have used either the Tracker 2000 or the Tracker One to access their communication devices.

Tracker One has changed hands-free access to computers and Augmentative Communication devices by eliminating an external power source and making access even easier and smoother for our users. We have also updated this Tracker to improve its already superior performance. Tracker One's installation and ease of use will be demonstrated. Now you can use a Tracker on a wheelchair without worrying about an external power source.

What would be the next step in the evolution of the Tracker?
It was the collaboration between Prentke Romich and Madentec that resulted in the first integrated solution for head pointing within a speech device. Both companies shared a vision of making access to AAC much easier for clients. Listening to therapists, clients, specialists, caregivers and teachers lead to this unique partnership.

The Tracker's smoothness and ease of use and its overall performance made it the ideal choice for integration. With this built-in accessory, the client needs only a reflective dot to access the Vanguard II via head pointing. Access to the Vanguard II and other devices will be demonstrated.

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