Humanware Communicator

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The HumanWare Communicator is a multilingual face-to-face conversation app designed to help deaf-blind individuals communicate on an everyday basis. This app is intended to establish a text conversation between a deaf-blind person and a sighted person. All interaction appears both on the deaf-blind person’s refreshable Braille display, as well as visually on the screen of the iOS device.

Using a Bluetooth connection, pair a HumanWare Brailliant braille display or a BrailleNote apex (please see separate entries) with any of Apple’s iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch). With Apple’s screen reader (VoiceOver) enabled, the braille device will be able to control the iOS tool, along with showing all text in Braille on the Braille display.

When the HumanWare Communicator app is launched, and a new conversation is started, the sighted participant will be presented with a visual introduction message on the screen of the iOS device. Once the sighted user taps the OK button, the conversation can begin - the deaf-blind user will type his or her messages on the Braille input keyboard and the sighted participant will use the touch screen keyboard for his portion of the conversation. All interactions can be read by the deaf-blind user using the refreshable Braille display. Please note that for longer conversations, a traditional Bluetooth keyboard can also be paired with the iOS device to facilitate faster text input from the sighted participant. The full user guide can be accessed from the app’s opening menu.

Other Functionalities:
• Customize the conversation greeting message.
• Create shortcut symbols for commonly used phrases to use during conversations.
• Save important messages in the archives to review at a later date.

SIZE: 2.9 MB
LANGUAGES: English, French
COMPATIBILITY: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


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Phone: 1 800 722-3393
Fax: +1 888 871 4828
Blind & Low Vision, Communication