Orbit Research's iBill Talking Money Identifier Selected for BEP’s Currency Reader Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Thursday 03rd July 2014:
WILMINGTON, DE – July 3, 2014 – Orbit Research today announced the selection of its iBill Talking Money Identifier by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) for the U.S. Currency Reader Program. Through this program, the BEP will distribute the iBill device at no cost to eligible blind and visually impaired persons.
Beginning with distribution to eligible attendees at the annual conventions of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), American Council of the Blind (ACB), and Blinded Veterans of America (BVA), the U.S. Currency Reader Program will be open to the broader population in the January 2015 timeframe.
“First introduced in 2009, and now in its second generation, the iBill has set the standard for affordability, compactness, speed and accuracy, factors which rapidly made it the market leader. We are thrilled and humbled that the BEP has chosen the iBill for the U.S. Currency Reader Program.” said Dr. Gina Spagnoli, a founder of Orbit Research. “For over 15 years, Orbit Research has been committed exclusively to developing innovative products for the blind and visually impaired community and the selection of the iBill for this program is a source of great satisfaction for our team.” she added.
The iBill is designed with the sole purpose of providing the simplest, fastest and most accurate means to denominate US banknotes, the everyday task that most people take for granted, but which can be a challenge for people who are blind or visually-impaired since all denominations of US currency are the same size. Its unique ergonomic design permits easy and intuitive use without the need for any specialized training or extensive practice. Upon insertion of a banknote into the device, its denomination is identified at the press of a button. Based on the user’s preference, the denomination is announced by a clear and natural voice, or by tone or vibration for privacy. The unit identifies all US banknotes in circulation.
Orbit Research develops and manufactures innovative and affordable products that enable an independent lifestyle for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded with the mission to fulfill the urgent need for affordable assistive technology products, the company has introduced breakthrough products like the Orion Talking Scientific Calculators and the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier that define the state-of-the-art in features, functionality, convenience and cost. For more information, visit www.orbitresearch.com