[Mm-friends] announcing Battle of the Note Takers on Main Menu

Cullen Gallagher cullen.gallagher at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 04:17:11 GMT 2012

I am also very interested in the battle of notetakers.  I have a pacmate omni and a braille sense clasick.  
On Feb 22, 2012, at 11:12 PM, Lino Morales wrote:

> Hey Chase,
> That would be awesome to add the newly to be released Braille Plus 18 from::
> www.aph.org/ down the road. Awesome review with Larry the Cable guy LOL Schootcon via the Sero Talk Podcast.
> On 2/22/2012 10:58 PM, Chase Crispin wrote:
>> Hello Everyone,
>> On behalf of the entire Main Menu team, I am very excited to announce a continuation on our popular note taker coverage on Main Menu.  As many of you know, last August, we presented a very popular show about note takers vs. mainstream technology.  We received more feedback on that show than we have ever had on any segments in the past.  Many of you asked for more coverage of note takers and why they are still needed for some people.  After a lot of discussion on how to best cover this and a lot of very hard work by many members of the Main Menu team, we are pleased to announce the battle of the note takers.  Each week for the next 7 weeks, including this coming Friday, we will have a specific task to demonstrate.  We have selected the most popular tasks that you will want to see on a note taker when choosing a device that meets your needs or when deciding if you need a note taker or a mainstream device.  After the conclusion of all of the tasks, we will feature a panel discussion as a conclusion where we will have one representative from each note taker talking about many aspects of their device.  We hope to be the first to answer the question for you of whether blindness specific devices are still needed, which is perhaps the most controversial debate in the blind community today.  In the battle of the note takers, we will cover the following devices.
>> Pac Mate Omni from Freedom Scientific
>> Braille Note Apex from Humanware
>> Braille/Voice Sense from HIMS
>> Maestro PDA from Humanware
>> Icon/Braille Plus from LevelStar and APH
>> We realize that some of these devices are no longer sold.  We realize that these devices are expensive and very hard for some of you to purchase.  Some of you may have to receive a device no longer manufactured, so we are including two now discontinued but still popular devices to help you know what device is best, even if it's not the latest and greatest.
>> For more information about the battle of the note takers, please listen to last week's Main Menu for February 17th, 2012, where I provided a bit more info about this upcoming series of segments. 
>> So, please join the host of Main Menu, David Tanner and many reviewers starting this Friday at 9 PM eastern right here on ACB Radio Mainstream for the first segment in the battle of the note takers.  For those of you who are not interested in this topic, don't worry.  Half of each Main Menu show for the next several weeks will feature our regular coverage of other technology.  Stay tuned to an announcement coming soon of what else will be heard on Main Menu this week.
>> We look forward to having you join us on Main Menu for the battle of the note takers!  Please feel free to let your family and friends know about our upcoming coverage, and please let us know if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions via email at:
>> mainmenu at acbradio.org
>> or via our twitter at:
>> http://www.twitter.com/mainmenu
>> Chase Crispin
>> Main Menu Executive Producer
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