Show to feature electronics for handicapped

January 03, 1992

Franklin Electronic Publishers Inc. will unveil its first product aimed at the handicapped market at the 1992 Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Language Master 6000SE, a talking electronic dictionary, spell checker, thesaurus, grammar checker and message unit, is the first hand-held unit that has full speech capability, said company spokeswoman Mindy Fendrick.

The device, priced at $495, was designed as an aid to people with handicaps such as blindness, speech impairments and learning disabilities. Fendrick said it pronounces each letter as it is typed as well as every word, definition and help message that appears on its screen. Its message function, she said, allows those with speech impairments to type in and store requests.

The 11-ounce unit will be available in May directly from Franklin, which is based in Mount Holly, N.J. Fendrick said it also probably would be available from two major retailers.

Between 70,000 and 75,000 people are expected to attend next week's show, which runs Jan. 9-23, to see the latest electronic products from over 1,500 exhibitors.

The trade show is sponsored by the Electronics Industry Association.

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