BraiLab Basic was among our first assistive technologies developed for the blind. This HomeLab-based talking personal computer appeared in 1985 and 400 units were manufactured and sold over the years. This was the first device to enable the Hungarian blind to get acquainted with computer technology.
BraiLab Basic, Hungary's first speech-enabled computer specially designed for the blind (1985)
BraiLab Plus was an upgraded version of BraiLab Basic allowing blind people to have actual jobs with computers.
BraiLab Plus, the first assistive device providing computer related job opportunities for the blind (1987)
BraiLab PC was our most widely used assistive device. During the MSdos/PC era, nearly all Hungarian blind people used their computer by the help of BraiLab PC that included a screen-reader along with its Text-to-Speech capabilities.
The most widely used assistive device in the MSdos era (1991)
Shortly after PDAs (hand-held computers) appeared, MObile SlateTalker (MOST) was developed with support from two GVOP funds (project leader: Zoltán Juhász - University of Pannonia). Its novelty was to make the touch screen usable for the blind by the help of a specially designed braille mask with dedicated holes. The underlying mobile application allowed the blind users to enter text in contracted and uncontracted braille using their fingertips. These PDA devices with resistive touch screens are used by many to this day. Our main goal with MOST was to open a whole world of computer technology for those having otherwise been reluctant to make their first steps or having difficulties using graphical based screen-readers.
Braille entry by the fingertips, first on resistive screens
When designing and developing MOST, it was made sure that we could keep our main goals when switching to new platforms and devices. Thus in the recent years, MOST has become available on a range of Android Phones with multipoint capacitive touch screens.