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On this blog we will track down the latest Amazon Kindle news. We will keep you up to date with whats hot in the bestsellers section, including books, ebooks and blogs... and we will also bring you great Kindle3 tips and tricks along with reviews for the latest KindleDX accessories.

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Adaptive Switches for the Kindle 3

A few months ago, I wrote a post about an adaptive technology called PageBot that can be used to operate the Kindle 2 and Kindle DX. PageBot is now available for the Kindle 3, and has been marked down to $279. If you order one by October 31, than you can get a free switch, called the Orby Switch.

These switches are designed for people who have mobility impairments that prevent them from using the Kindle normally.

The switch comes in two, bright colors: red and yellow. They are also activated with a minimum amount of pressure.

The product description according to Origin:

“Colorful – Available in Cherry Red and Lemon Yellow
Ergonomic – Audible and tactile feedback at each switch transition
Sensitive – Activation requires only 3.5 ounces of pressure anywhere on the surface
Adaptable – Threaded inserts support optional mounting at any angle
Stable – A friction pad is included to cushion impacts and prevent sliding
Durable – Designed for daily use and years of service
Dependable – Origin Instruments quality, reliability, and support
Affordable – Priced at $34.95 US$”

For more information, visit Origin Instruments’ PageBot product page and Orby Switch product page.  They have a great deal of cool assistive technology gadgets to check out.

I think it is awesome that there is adaptive equipment available out there for the growing e-reader and tablet market. However, I hope that assistive technology can be integrated into the Kindle, Nook, and tablets so that people with disabilities can use their devices just as easily as everyone else without all of the extra equipment.

PageBot for Kindle

I’ve written a few posts in the past about how the Kindle can be made accessible for people with visual impairments. The Kindle and Amazon have made great strides towards accessibility both within the device itself and through external attachments.

The latest gadget to join to Kindle accessibility lineup is PageBot by Origin Instruments. PageBot has a number of adaptive switches that can help people with motor disabilities navigate the Kindle’s “previous” and “next” page buttons, as well as the keyboard. I think that is awesome because the buttons are small, and require some muscle strength to use them. Currently, PageBot is available online starting May 12 for Kindle 2 and Kindle DX. The Kindle 3 version will be available in June, 2011.

PageBot is also compatible with Sip/Puff and other switches that are designed for people who are paralyzed or have any other motor disability that would prevent them from using their hands.

PageBot includes a mount for tables, shelves and any other similar surfaces, as well as a foam padding to prevent mechanical shock.

If you are concerned about battery power, PageBot is designed to run on low battery power. So, the Kindle’s battery should be able to handle it quite well.

Official list of features according to Origin Instrument’s website:

 

  • The Kindle is supported in a rugged mount with facing surfaces of compliant foam
  • Includes a four degree-of-freedom articulated arm with integrated clamp for mounting
  • Dual electro-mechanical actuators for the Kindle’s Next Page and Previous Page buttons
  • Dual switch connectors for interface to adaptive switches with standard 3.5 mm plugs
  • Stereo input capability for interfacing dual switches with a single cable
  • Integrated USB host for adaptive switches that emulate a USB mouse
  • Integrated Keep Awake mode prevents the Kindle from entering sleep after a pause in reading
  • Micro-USB power input for compatibility with the standard Kindle power adapter
  • Optional rechargeable battery pack supports wireless portability and full on-the-go reading
  • PageBot exposes all Kindle features for manual access, including the Amazon Whispernet wireless antenna(s), the stereo headphone jack, the Kindle battery recharge port, and the Kindle’s buttons and switches
  • The Kindle can be inserted or removed from PageBot for convenient sharing with friends and family members

Origin Instruments has a number of other assistive technology gadgets for the iPhone, iPod Touch and others.  I encourage you to take a look at them, and pass this along to anyone who might could use PageBot for their Kindle.  A great way to provide a pleasurable reading experience for all audiences.