PAC Mate TNS is a personal digital assistant (PDA) designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This Pocket PC device has an alphabetic keyboard and utilizes JAWS for Windows (see separate entry) for speech output. The alphabetic keyboard uses standard JAWS commands. The device provides access to everyday Windows-based desktop data and software applications, and can run Pocket PC versions of popular software programs to manage information internally or sync up and share data with other devices. With the addition of a modem, it can be used to surf the Internet and send and receive e-mail. This device includes an Eloquence speech synthesizer, which supports many languages, with a dual channel sound card so the speech function can be used while listening to Internet broadcasts. Other applications include a calculator, a linear formatting editor, a clock, and a stopwatch. A Personal Points of Interest area allows the user to save selected settings. The device has a USB port for connection with desktop and laptop computers, printers, and other devices in either host or client mode; a PC Card connection for choice of peripherals including modem, micro-drive, diskette drive, CD-ROM, and others; an IrDA port that will allow the user to transfer files between this device and other PC products; and a compact Flash port for unlimited document storage. An adjustable strap holds the unit for use while standing. POWER: Uses a user-replaceable battery. DIMENSIONS (HxW): 6 x 12 inches. WEIGHT: 2 pounds, 9 ounces.