PAC MAte is the world's first accessible Pocket PC device that provides the same direct access to everyday Windows-based desktop data and software applications. Because it is lightweight and portable, it can go almost anywhere, allowing the user to access to note-taking, working or studying remotely, reading e-books, Internet, Email, and many other uses. It is also easy to use.

The PAC Mate BX comes with a braille keyboard. The keyboard replaces the traditional PDA stylus that is used to select items from a mainstream Pocket PC screen. The PAC Mate also is integrated with JAWS for Windows, the world's most popular screen reader for the blind. JAWS "reads" aloud screen information, dialog boxes, and documents via a speech synthesizer, eliminating the need for the screen. JAWS users find that working with the PAC Mate is very similar to using a desktop computer.

With the PAC Mate you can run Pocket PC versions of popular software programs (i.e. Word, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Excel and more!) to manage your information internally or sync up and share data with other devices. The PAC Mate allows you to surf the Internet and send and receive email with the addition of a modem, ethernet or WIFI card.

Because the PAC Mate is based on mainstream Windows Mobile technology, many off-the-shelf applications are available to add on to the PAC Mate. Some of these include accessible e-book reading programs and GPS solutions. PAC Mate users even design and share their own applications all the time!

The PAC Mate also is affordable and easy to upgrade. Its modular design makes it possible to purchase a PAC Mate unit, complete with a 20-cell or 40-cell PAC Mate Braille Display, or to purchase the PAC Mate unit only, and later add a braille display, without having to purchase a whole new unit.

The PAC Mate is the perfect choice for an accessible, powerful, on-the-go computer for the visually impaired.

Specifications:

  • Intel Xscale 400MHz processor; 64 MB RAM; 32 MB Flash ROM
  • USB - type Mini A/B - 12MBS -USB 2.0 compliant.
  • IrDA standard Infrared port, 115 KB per second; two CompactFlash Type II ports, speaker ports, microphone port, 3.5 mm headphone jack port; 2.5 mm microphone jack; dual channel sound (listen to speech and audio files simultaneously).
  • Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery - 4320 mAH at 7.2v nominal; AC adapter- Universal 100- 240VAC
  • Dimensions 12.37cm x 27.94cm x 4.9cm
  • Weight: 0.82 kg

Testimonials:

I just got a PAC Mate a few months ago with Arabic support, and I just wanted to say how grateful I am to have this device.

After my vision began to further weaken, I got the need for full time braille use and speech output.

I asked many of my blind friends for their opinions and the PAC Mate was their overwhelming recommendation.

I was able to actually begin to use it straight out of the box with no formal training and I can already tell that it opened many doors for me! I can't wait to access e-books that I can now obtain instantly from a variety of sources through the JAWS speech output and the twenty-cell braille display. The Pac Mate puts all the information you need to get through your day in one easy-to-use package that can go anywhere! I highly recommend it to any professional who is thinking about purchasing a note taker or a laptop.

Thank you all for coming up with this great, powerful product. Keep going with it, and don't slow down!