• Saturday 01st December 2012:The iBill Second-Generation US Currency Identifier from Orbit Research:

    Identifying currency has been a long-time problem in the United States for people with a visual impairment, so much so that the American Council of the Blind filed and won a lawsuit against the US Department of the Treasury for not making currency accessible to those unable to see the denominations printed on it.

    In 2009, Orbit Research released a groundbreaking tool, the iBill, designed specifically to identify US currency. The original, reviewed in the May 2010 issue of AccessWorld, is small, accurate, and affordable.

    To read further, visit: http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw131202

  • Tuesday 13th November 2012:From the Editor: Curtis Chong is second to none in his knowledge of technology and his ability to write about it. He is president of the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science and works for the Iowa Department for the Blind as the director of field operations and access technology. Here is what Chong has to say about the latest incarnation of the iBill money reader:

    “For the hundreds of times I have asked the iBill to read paper currency, it has always come through in less than a second.”

    To read the full review go to: https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm12/bm1210/bm121007.htm

  • Thursday 18th October 2012:On September 18, 2012, Orbit Research announced a second-generation version of the iBill® Talking Money Identifier.

    Go to this site to read further: http://blindtechnology.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/the-second-generation-ibill/

  • Wednesday 26th September 2012:“Just when I thought it could not get any better, a new Ibill arrives on the scene.”

    For full text copy and paste the following URL:

  • Thursday 20th September 2012:“A new version of the Ibill has just been introduced. The product we know and love has new features that make it easier to use for people who are older or who are deaf blind.”

    To read more go to the following URL: 

  • Tuesday 28th June 2011:A review in Visually Impaired People, Inc. by William Bowman

    Technology is important to us. Money is limited to us to spend on technology. I will search for low cost assistive technology and companies that stand behind their products. I will give an honest analysis of each product and give you my feedback on how it works and how it can help you live more independent.

    Full text at: http://visuallyimpairedpeople.org/content/does-it-work-vip-puts-ibill-reader-test

  • Friday 27th May 2011:A review in “WordPress” by Curtis Chong:

    The iBill was the first currency identifier that I used on a regular basis, and it worked very well for me. The only problem I experienced with the iBill was that it was sometimes difficult to insert older bills into the scanning slot. But it was always accurate and responsive, giving me a reading within two seconds. Also, I appreciated that I could operate the iBill using a single AAA battery that I could purchase from just about anywhere.

    Full text at: http://blindtechnology.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/technologies-for-nonvisual-access-to-paper-currency/

  • Tuesday 08th March 2011:A review in “AT Blog” by Shannon Ramsay:

    A great feature of the iBill money identifier is its variable setting for how a bill is identified. The user can have the denomination of the bill, such as “one” or “five”, spoken aloud. You can also choose to have the device identify bills using a pattern of beeps or strong vibrations. The vibration setting for currency identification is especially helpful in noisy settings, and it also makes the device useful for deaf-blind individuals. In addition, the user can change the volume setting on the device.

    Full text at: http://atnetworkblog.blogspot.in/2011/03/let-your-money-talk.html

  • Tuesday 11th May 2010:A review in “Bluegrass Council of the Blind” by Anonymous:

    Paper money is all the same size in the United States, so without vision, there is no way to tell the difference between the different denominations. However, there is a new device on the market that announces the value of your paper money with the press of a button. It is called the iBill®, and it is touted as being inexpensive, of small size, and easy to use.

    Inexpensive: The iBil costs $99.00. This is less expensive than previous money identifiers that cost over $300.00

    Small Size: The iBill® measures 3.0 by 1.6 by 0.7 inches. This can easily fit into a pocket or purse.

    Easy to Use: You can place paper money in any direction on the iBill®, and it will announce the value of most bills in less than one second. There are only two buttons to operate.

    For more information, or to purchase the iBill®, go to orbitresearch.com, or phone 1-888-60-ORBIT (1-888-606-7248)

    For full text: http://web.qx.net/bgcb/newstouse.html

  • Wednesday 05th May 2010:A review in “Access World” by Deborah Kendrick:

    In 1999, Orbit Research, a small company in Delaware, developed and released a talking scientific calculator that many blind students and professionals have come to embrace. The staff at Orbit Research did their homework. After speaking with scores of blind people, including those affiliated with various organizations, the universal problem that surfaced was the identification of currency. Blind and low-vision people in all walks of life expressed their frustration with not being able to identify, independently, whether a piece of currency was $1 or $100, and the company focused on developing a solution.

    Full text at: http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw110204

  • Thursday 17th December 2009:A review in “Access Ability” by Ron Graham:

    I will boil the iBill down to a few words: Compact, lightweight, fast, accurate, easy to use, and, most importantly, in the realm of assistive technology, affordable.
    The iBill has only two buttons on it to operate the unit and change between the five output settings, the iBill is very simple to use. It comes with both a quick start guide and a user�s manual, both of which are well written with clearly defined directions, and easily explaining the unit�s design and operation.

    Full text at: http://accessability.blogspot.in/2009/12/review-of-ibill-talking-banknote.html

  • Wednesday 09th December 2009:A review in “NFB Access Technology BLOG” by Mark Taylor:

    The iBill from Orbit Research is an exciting advancement in currency recognition technology. This truly pocket-sized paper-money identifier is barely wider than the short end of a US paper bill.

    Inserting a bill into the reader and pressing one of the two identical buttons on either end of the device yields a clear voice identifying the denomination. The user also may toggle between spoken, tone, and tactile prompts to control what those around them hear. The vibratory-tactile feedback also makes this device an ideal choice for def-blind users.

    Full text at: http://mark.candleshoreblog.com/2009/12/09/the-ibill-money-identifier-for-the-deaf-blind-and-low-vision/

  • Wednesday 28th October 2009:A review in “Irked Magazine” by their Administrator:

    The iBill is designed with the sole purpose of providing the simplest, fastest and most accurate means to identify U.S. banknotes. Its unique ergonomic design permits easy and intuitive use without the need for any training or 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 U.S. banknotes in circulation and recognizes them in any orientation. Banknotes in poor physical condition are indicated as unidentifiable and are not misread. The unit is also upgradeable to recognize new banknote designs.

  • Wednesday 21st October 2009:A review in “abledbody” by Suzanne Robitaille:

    Many blind people use the Note Teller 2 from Brytech, which costs about $300 and is the size of an iPhone. However, these machines have an 80 percent accuracy rate, and require the user to enter the bills properly. Like vending machines, a bill reader will reject bills that are too old or wrinkled. Brytech, a Canadian company, doesn’t have very good customer service support, either.

    So far, the iBill is the least expensive and perhaps the smallest — and promises high-level customer service.; the unit is backed by a one-year warranty and has toll-free customer support. If you’re just looking for an easier way to read your moolah, the iBill may be just the ticket.

    Full text at: http://abledbody.com/2009/10/21/a-dollar-bill-reader-thats-easy-on-your-wallet/

  • Tuesday 20th October 2009:A review in “Iowa Department for the Blind” by Curtis Chong:

    In October, 2009, Orbit Research announced the iBill Currency Identifier. Priced at $99, the iBill has turned out to be the smallest, fastest and least expensive currency identifier on the market. The iBill is very small, measuring 3 inches by 1.6 inches by .7 inches. It fits very comfortably in a shirt or coat pocket. It is powered by one triple-A battery, which lasts at least one year.

    Full text at: http://www.idbonline.org/publications/white-cane-magazine-summer-2010/features#Talking_Tech