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Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 Provides Blind and Low-Vision Students with More Independence during Science Labs


Independence Science integrates text-to-speech assistive technology with Vernier Software & Technology’s data-collection interface


LAFAYETTE, Ind., July 10, 2017 — Independence Science recently launched the Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 to help blind and low-vision students independently complete data-collection investigations during STEM labs. By integrating text-to-speech assistive technology with Vernier Software & Technology’s LabQuest 2 hardware device, the Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 speaks real-time data results to students.


“For blind and low-vision students, hearing something in a multi-module fashion enhances the learning process,” said Ron Supalo, chief operations officer of Independence Science. “The Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 is a valuable assistive technology that allows students to independently conduct their own science experiments and hear the results, eliminating the need for a sighted assistant.”


Students can use the Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 to collect data from more than 70 Vernier sensors. In addition to speaking the data-collection results, as well as displaying the results on the screen, the device can vocalize to students more than 20 characteristics of each element on the Periodic Table of Elements. The Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 additionally features faster computing, wireless data sharing, and five built-in sensors (GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, ambient temperature, light, and microphone) making it easy and intuitive for students to collect, analyze, and share data from experiments.


Each Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 is sold as a kit that includes a Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2, a USB keyboard, and three Vernier sensors (the Vernier Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, Differential Voltage Probe, and Current Probe).


To learn more about the Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2, visit http://independencescience.com/.


About Independence Science

Independence Science is an assistive technology company that specializes in providing tools to help students with disabilities have equal access and opportunities to perform independently in STEM fields without a sighted assistant. Consultants at Independence Science are making their expertise available to help school districts, colleges, universities, and state rehabilitation agencies across the country meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and help students in science programs. For more information, visit http://independencescience.com/.


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