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Oratio Screen Reader for BlackBerry® is now available

05 February, 2010 by Peter Verhoeven

HumanWare and Code Factory announce that Oratio for BlackBerry(R) smartphones is now available for purchase. Formally known as Orator for BlackBerry smartphones, Oratio is the first screen reader software solution that enables visually impaired users to access and operate BlackBerry smartphones using state of the art Text-To-Speech technology to convert the visual information displayed on the BlackBerry smartphone screen into a intuitive speech output.

This enables its users to use BlackBerry smartphones to increase their independence and productivity in today's competitive world.

The name was changed from Orator to Oratio to avoid any confusion with an existing product called Orator being manufactured by a telecommunications company in the USA. "Although we got accustomed to the name Orator for BlackBerry in the last few months, Oratio is less generic and provides a more personalized name and sound for the product" says Michel Pepin, Product Manager at HumanWare.


Oratio will first be released in North America in English, supporting the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone from AT&T, available through online purchasing from for $449 US for a single license. Support for additional BlackBerry smartphone models and languages will be available in subsequent versions of Oratio.

Oratio is the product of the joint collaborative efforts between HumanWare, Code Factory, the leading provider of screen reader technology and maker of Mobile Speak, and Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of the award winning portfolio of BlackBerry products and solutions. Oratio users will experience more freedom and independence in their activities with the ability to stay connected anytime, anywhere. Users will also experience greater flexibility to manage their day-to-day activities in ways that are most convenient for them, increase their productivity and achieve more by quickly and efficiently accessing information they need.

Oratio also provides employers with an accommodation solution for blind and visually impaired employees that leverages an organization's existing investment in BlackBerry infrastructure and technologies.

Feature rich, through its easy to use menu and efficient shortcut keys, Oratio will provide users with:

BlackBerry smartphones offer multiple applications essential in a business environment. Oratio was designed to support the core application found on the BlackBerry smatrtphones allowing visually impaired users to:

"Oratio is the first screen reader solution for a JavaME operating software (O/S). While this first release version may not answer each specific individual user's needs, HumanWare, with the joint collaboration of RIM and Code Factory, remain dedicated and committed to the future development growth of the product. We invite Oratio users to share their experiences with the product. This will provide us with directions on how to improve their BlackBerry smartphone experience" says Michel Pepin. "Our goal is to provide equal access to visually impaired users by enabling them to access and operate BlackBerry devices in a manner that is functionally equivalent to solutions offered to sighted BlackBerry users".

Source: Humanware

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