Orbit Research today announced the introduction of the iBill, the world's first affordable Talking Banknote Identifier for the blind and the visually impaired. Priced at $99, the 1.5 ounce, pager-sized iBill represents a breakthrough in enabling the blind and the visually impaired community achieve independence in the everyday necessity of using paper currency, which sighted people take for granted.
At about a third of the cost of existing devices, the iBill offers unrivaled features, ease of use and accuracy of identification.
The iBill is an exceptionally convenient and affordable solution that can be used by each and every blind or visually impaired individual. Measuring just 3 inches by 1.6 inches by 0.7 inches, the ultra-slim and compact "key-fob" design provides the ultimate in convenience, allowing it to be carried unobtrusively in a pocket, purse, clipped to the belt or attached to a key-chain or lanyard. Among the features that set it apart from other such devices are the extremely high accuracy (better than 99.9%) and the near-instantaneous speed (less than one second in most cases) with which it identifies banknotes.
The iBill is designed with the sole purpose of providing the simplest, fastest and most accurate means to identify U.S. banknotes. Its unique ergonomic design permits easy and intuitive use without the need for any training or practice. Upon insertion of a banknote into the device, its denomination is identified at the press of a button. Based on the user's preference, the denomination is announced by a clear and natural voice, or by tone or vibration for privacy. The unit identifies all U.S. banknotes in circulation and recognizes them in any orientation. Banknotes in poor physical condition are indicated as unidentifiable and are not misread. The unit is also upgradeable to recognize new banknote designs.
The iBill achieves all of this while operating on a single, commonly available AAA battery which lasts for over a year with typical use. Its durable construction and sealed design ensure trouble-free use. The unit is backed by a one-year warranty from Orbit Research, and toll-free customer support.
"Orbit Research has once again demonstrated its commitment to the development of breakthrough technology and products that make a direct and measurably positive impact to the daily lives of the community we serve," said Michael Nolan, President of Orbit Research.
Orbit Research has filed patents on the technologies employed in the iBill, which enable its groundbreaking compactness, performance and features.
Samples of the iBill are available for evaluation now and Orbit Research is accepting orders.
Specializing in the development and manufacture of products for people with disabilities, Orbit Research's mission is to employ cutting-edge technology to develop innovative and affordable products that are essential for an independent and productive lifestyle. Further information www.orbitresearch.com