Hardware Playback Tools

Blaze ET

Blaze ET multi-player

Blaze ET sets a new standard for portable DAISY players. For the first time, blind and visually impaired consumers have access to pocket-sized book players integrated with OCR text-to-speech to capture and read aloud printed documents on-demand.

Blaze ET features a numeric keypad as well as several built-in apps including Calculator, Memo and Dictionary. Both Blaze ET and Blaze EZ play audio books and music files from their internal memory or your SD card and connect through built-in Wi-Fi to access online media, podcasts and internet radio. They support more than 20 file formats. Supported are digital files from Bookshare, NLS and Learning Ally. Users can play favorite music or podcasts.


Latest Release: Blaze ET - Digital player with OCR

Use Blaze ET to OCR - capture a menu, magazine article or a library book. Blaze ET can read and play a variety of files including DAISY, TXT, BRL, MP3, MP4, WAV, WMA, WMV, OGG, ASF, AAC, AVI, FLAC, 3GP, MPG, M4A, TXT, RTF, HTML, HTM, XML, DOC, DOCX and EPUB. More information is provided on the HIMS International website.

Blaze EZ

Blaze EZ

The new digital book player, Blaze EZ, is classified as a ‘multi-player with OCR’.


Latest Release: Blaze EZ player firmware upgrade

Blaze EZ firmware upgrade v. 2.0 is now available. Registered users can download and play books from Bookshare, CNIB (Canada) and Nota in Denmark. More information is provided on the HIMS, Inc. website.

BookPort Plus

BookPort Plus

Main features:

  • Stylish design
  • Large, easily distinguishable keys
  • Embedded Text-to-speech for speaking the contents of computer files
  • Accessible interface
  • Built-in speaker and microphone
  • Rechargeable battery (recharges with AC or USB)
  • Plays Digital Talking Books, audio, and different text formats
  • Supports high capacity SD cards up to 32 GB
  • Flexible file structure. It requires no special file or folder names
  • Creates Digital Talking Books from recordings made on the device
  • Can automatically start and stop recording based on sound levels
  • Can automatically add headings to recordings
  • Plays books from NLS, RFBD (now Learning Ally), and Bookshare

More information is available on the American Printing House for the Blind website.


Latest Release: BookPort Plus firmware update

Version 6.02 Improves responsiveness in large titles. In previous versions, the unit could get sluggish, especially toward the end of the title. Adds functionality to support the optional DAISY Online Download support. Detailed information is available on the American Printing House for the Blind website.

Braille Sense U2 MINI

Braille Sense U2 MINI

Braille Sense U2 MINI comes with a word processor that supports more file types than other notetakers, including grade 1 & grade 2 Braille support with TXT, RTF, DOC, DOCX, BRL, BRF, HBL, PDF and EPUB.

 

Also features a built-in DAISY Player that supports DAISY 2.0/2.02 and ANSI/NISO Z39.86 (DAISY 3.0), NIMAS, NLS, Bookshare.org and Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D).  In addition, users benefit from built-in Media Player that supports WAV, MP3, MP4, ASF, OGG, WMA, M3U, Audible (AA, AAX), WMV, FLAC and MID.


Latest Release: Braille Sense U2 MINI Braille Notetaker

Braille Sense U2 Mini is packed with new features and upgraded hardware. Offers stable performance with an optimized Windows-based operating system. Built-in DAISY Player supports DAISY 2.0/2.02 and ANSI/NISO Z39.86 (DAISY 3.0). More information is provided on the HIMS Inc. website.

GuideReader Pod

Dolphin GuideReader Pod logo

Plug GuideReader Pod into your TV and read with large screen access and audio instructions, with all the convenience of a remote control. Browse, download and read books & newspapers direct from NLS BARD, NFB NEWSLINE, Bookshare, CELA, Legimus & MTM. Watch a short video about GuideReader Pod.


Latest Release: GuideReader Pod v1

The first generation GuideReader Pod enables anyone to use their television to control reading of books, newspapers and magazines in large print and audio. Further details are available on the GuideReader Pod page on the Dolphin website. 

Kolibre Vadelma

Kolibre Vadelma exemplifies the possibilities that exist with the open source software supporting DAISY. A talking book player can be built on various existing hardware platforms, including a Raspberry Pi unit. Kolibre Vadelma (the Finnish word for raspberry) supports the established DAISY 2.02 standard and the basic functions of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol Version 1.0. The source code is available at https://github.com/kolibre and the instructions on how to build and test the player are available on a wiki at https://github.com/kolibre/setup-scripts/wiki.

Olympus DM-4 Audio Recorder / Player

Olympus DM-4

8GB of internal memory allows 2,000 hours of recording time, micro SD card compatibility extends it to 16GB. Supports DAISY 2.02, Audible.com books, MP3 and WMA and PCM formats. Available in the US.

  • Currently does not support Learning Ally books.
  • VOICE ACTIVATION - makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.
  • OLYMPUS SONORITY - Edit files with Olympus Sonority sound editing software (included), which is compatible with PCs and MACs.
  • VOICE RECOGNITION - Use simple voice commands to create calendar entries, to-do lists and other basic functions.

Latest Release: Olympus DM-4 Version 1.51

To download the latest firmware update please visit the DM-4 and DM-5 Firmware Updates page.

Olympus DM-5 Audio Recorder / Player

DM-5

The DM-5 is a state-of-the-art voice recorder for European market. With linear PCM, MP3 and WMA compatibility, the DM-5 is ideal for anyone who needs crystal-clear sound anytime, anywhere - from business professionals and journalists to photographers, students, the visually impaired and print disabled. CD-quality multi-format playback and recording combined with sophisticated features like Voice Guidance, Voice Commands, Text to Speech and DAISY 2.02 playback make DM-5 the choice for discerning users. For the latest updates, please visit the DM-4 and DM-5 Firmware Updates page.


Latest Release: Olympus DM-5 Version 1.51

Firmware update Version 1.51 for DM-5. Watch a YouTube video about DM-5 features.

PLEXTALK Linio

PLEXTALK Linio

Users can play back their favorite DAISY books, electronic magazines or newspapers. Supports DAISY Online Delivery specifications. High performance built-in speaker provides users with comfortable listening.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK Linio: New Cover

The PLEXTALK Linio is now equipped with an improved keypad cover. In addition to the main functions and navigation keys, you now gain access to the speed and tone keys. For more information, please visit the PlexTalk website.

PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1

Plextalk Pocket DAISY Player/Recorder

The PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 is a lightweight, pocket-sized, DAISY-compliant music, voice, and book player/recorder that reaches a new level of mobility and offers ease of use for business, education and leisure. It is a true crossover media player/recorder which contains a host of applications and which also comes with extensive features that support complete accessibility for people with sight problems or learning difficulties.

 

Although this tiny player/recorder is only 55mm X 112mm X 16mm (2.2in X 4.4in X 0.6in) in size, it supports both DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 playback, records DAISY 2.02 and has recording time capacity of 120 hours. Multiple audio playback formats are also supported. Starting with Version 2.00, PLEXTALK Pocket supports DAISY books provided by major library services and content providers (NLS, Learning Ally, Bookshare in the U.S.), etc. PLEXTALK Pocket features the world’s first wireless LAN function as a dedicated DAISY digital book player. Users can share books or files between their computer and the PLEXTALK Pocket via wireless LAN at home or office without using a USB cable.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK Pocket Firmware v. 6.01

PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1 Firmware Version 6.01 comes with several improvements. For more information, please review the release notes.

PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: PTR2)

PLEXTALK PTR2

PLEXTALK PTR2 replaced the PTR1 and is designed to be a high-quality recorder. Create DAISY 2.02 books with audio, headings and pages, as well as music CDs. It can also play DAISY books, music CDs, radio file CDs and CF cards. It can be used as a CD-RW or memory card drive when connected to a computer. For quicker and easier editing of DAISY content, the PTR2 is supplied with the PLEXTALK Recording Software (PRS). This package provides all the necessary tools to record, edit and finalize audio DAISY 2.02 books. PTR2 has a built-in microphone and an optional external microphone, providing recording versatility.


For more information, please visit the official website for PLEXTALK Portable Recorder (Model: PTR2).

PLEXTALK PTN 2 Cross

PTN 2 Cross

PTN 2 Cross, reliable and high-quality DAISY player allows you to read various contents on CD, SD card and USB.


Latest Release: PLEXTALK PTN 2 Cross

Available only in Europe, PTN Cross features a cover that offers direct access to the DAISY functionalities. More information is available on the PLEXTALK website.

Pratsam Mobile

Pratsam Mobile is a portable DAISY player that supports cellular networks. The handheld player is customized for use by the blind and visually impaired. For connections, a standard SIM-card provided by a network operator is used.

Features:

  • Supports high-speed data networks such as HSPA
  • Tactile buttons and guiding voice
  • Bookmarks and sleep timer support
  • Adjustment of playback speed and volume
  • Supports micro-USB charging and standard SD-cards
  • Headphones support
  • DAISY 2.02 support (all types with full audio)
  • DAISY Online Delivery Protocol support

Link to product page: http://www.pratsam.com/pratsam-mobile-product.html.

Victor Reader Stratus12 M

Stratus12 M

The Stratus12 M plays DAISY and MP3 books and music on CDs, SD cards, and USB flash drives. It has built-in text-to-speech to play digital text-based documents. The Stratus12 M includes a 12-key telephone-style number pad for direct navigation functions such as going to specific heading, page, folder, or file numbers.


Latest Release: HumanWare Victor Reader Stratus12 M

More information about this player can be found on the HumanWare website.

Victor Reader Stream (New Generation)

Victor Reader Stream 2

HumanWare's Victor Reader Stream media player is perfect for people who are blind or visually impaired. It’s now smaller, smarter and wireless. Yet, it retains the tactile keypad access, and simple bookshelf navigation.


Latest Release: Victor Reader Stream Version 4.8

This upgrade provides several new features and enhancements including support for dynamic menus in DAISY Online services which support them. Detailed information is provided on the HumanWare website.