HumanWare Is Thrilled To Announce The Launch Of Its Latest Innovation, The VictorReader Trek


HumanWare is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest innovation, the VictorReader Trek. Combining the cutting-edge GPS technology of the Trekker Breeze with the innovative media reading & playback capabilities of the VictorReader Stream, this multiuse handheld device is designed to make mobility easy and enjoyable for people who are blind or visually impaired.

The best of both worlds 

With its lightweight design and intuitive features, Trek allows users to toggle between always-on orientation mode and online or offline reading mode at the touch of a button, giving them the confidence to get where they’re going and stay entertained on the way.

Orientation mode 

Trek is designed to help users move around confidently and independently with clear, easy-to-follow verbal instructions, allowing them to plan routes ahead of time and add landmarks along the way. If they get lost, they can simply press the “Where Am I” button and Trek will let them know exactly where they are at that exact point in time.

One simple learning curve 

Whether you are listening to books or media, or navigating your commute to work, the Trek uses the same buttons to receive similar information in both modes. Need to identify intersections around you or your nearest address? Just press the where am I button. That same where am I button which tells you what page and percentage you are in the latest novel you are reading. Need to bookmark your place in a book? Just press the Trek’s bookmark key. That same key will drop a voice tagged landmark in your environment when in orientation mode. As people who are blind or visually impaired often travel with a cane or guide dog, helpfully, all functions of the VictorReader Trek can be operated with one hand. So there is no need to stop your progress while in transit.

Playback & reading mode 

Trek offers instant access to the latest books, magazines, music, podcasts and more, allowing users to catch their favourite show while they’re riding the train, or play back audio notes from lectures when they arrive back home. If they get distracted or lose their place in a book, they can press the same “Where Am I” button to find it again in a flash.

The independence to travel freely 

Trek was designed to make getting around a breeze, whether traveling by foot, car or public transport. Clear and safe pedestrian instructions ensure users understand their surroundings at all times, while vehicle instructions are simple and accurate to easily guide a sighted driver.

The confidence to navigate new environments 

Navigating open areas like a college campus or park can be a challenge in new environments. But Trek puts users instantly at ease, allowing them to drop voice-tagged landmarks at different buildings—even if there are no streets around—so they always have a point of reference.

The future of orientation 

The Trek allows users to download content wirelessly and with a bluetooth headset or external speaker, and play text documents with built-in text-to-speech software from Acapela. Trek is compatible with iTunes, DAISY libraries, NLS, Bookshare and more, and uses regularly updated map data from TomTom and in the future iBeacons for unmatched navigational accuracy.


Navigate The World around You And that latest Best Seller with One Consistent Physical Experience!

Today people everywhere consume content while traveling, but for someone who is blind or visually impaired physical keys plus a consistent user experience is so much more important while navigating outside with one hand already occupied by a cane or dog guide.

The VictorReader Trek combines the world renowned simple book reading and media playback experience of the VictorReader Stream with the navigation guidance technology found in the Trekker Breeze.

With the press of the online button you can toggle between the always-on Orientation guidance mode and offline or online book reading:

  • Take a long bus ride and read books or listen to podcasts.
  • Need to check where you are?  Simply toggle to the orientation mode and press the “Where Am I” button.
  • With the press of that one button, Trek will tell you:
    • Your current nearest address
    • Cardinal direction you are traveling
    • Description of the next intersection.  (Whether it is a 3 way or 4 way intersection, which streets go which direction and approximate distance)
  • Next instruction if you are following a route
  • Want to mark that specific intersection to return to on a future trip?  Simply drop a voice tagged landmark and you can receive turn by turn directions to that exact point.
  • Want to navigate to a specific address?  Use Trek’s familiar telephone keypad to quickly type the address.
  • If you don’t need to get off the bus, simply press the toggle button again and you will be back in your book or podcast exactly where you left off.

Trek provides specific pedestrian or vehicle instructions:

  • Pedestrian directions ensures the user is not guided on major highways
  • Vehicle instructions reduces the amount of details provided to the user so they can more easily direct a sighted driver

Trek specializes when you are in open area!

Navigating on a college campus or similar campus environments can be challenging if you are new to the environment.  Trek offers options to make you feel immediately more comfortable.

  • Drop voice tagged landmarks at each building you will be returning to and Trek will always provide you instructions to navigate there, even when no streets are found
  • Administrators or Orientation and Mobility (O&M instructors can upload GPX files containing the exact locations of their buildings on that campus and add them to the Trek’s landmarks list
  • Travel with confidence knowing that your landmarks will always be your points of reference

But we did not just merge two products.  We designed a product for the future of orientation:

  • The Trek includes Bluetooth for listening to Bluetooth headsets.  (HumanWare recommends the bone conduction headsets to avoid blocking one’s ears while traveling)
  • Users can also use headsets with control keys to modify the volume, and perform commands related to book playback or GPS navigation with the device in their pocket.
  • Device is iBeacon ready for future indoor navigation features to come in a software update.
  • Will support the upcoming Galileo orientation system for even better accuracy when traveling.
  • We use map data from TomTom which will be updated on a regular bases. 
  • Users can use entire country maps now rather than individual map sections.
  • Trek has an included FM radio which will  be activated in a future software update

Victor Reader Trek Specifications

  • Size: 114 x 62 x 24mm (4.5 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches)
  • Weight with battery: 140g (5.0 ounces)
  • 3.5mm stereo Headset jack
  • Built-in mono omni-directional microphone
  • Built-in 500 mW speaker
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion, 3.7V nominal
  • Battery recharge time: Up to 4 hours with AC adapter. May be longer with other chargers or PC recharge.
  • Power Supply: Switching type AC/DC. Input 100V – 240V, 50Hz – 60Hz. Output: Type A USB socket, 5VDC, 1A 
  • Operating temperature range: +5 to + 40 degrees Celsius
  • Battery charging temperature range : +5 to + 35 degrees Celsius
  • Storage and transportation temperature: -20 to + 45 degrees Celsius
  • Operating humidity: 5% to 90% (non-condensing)
  • Storage and transportation humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
  • Micro USB OTG compliant interface
  • SD (Secure Digital) card slot supports up to 32gb SDHC cards.
  • Talking Book formats: DAISY 2, 2.02 , NISO Z39.86 2002,/2005, NIMAS 1.1, unprotected EPUB 2, LGK
  • Audio Codecs: AMR-WB+, mp3, MPEG2, mp4, m4a, m4v, OGG Vorbis, Wav P.C.M, Speex 
  • File types: 3gp, bra, brf, docx, fb2, html, m4a, m4v, mp2, mp3, mp4, mpg, OGG, rtf, SES3, txt, wav, xml, LKF
  • Text-to-Speech: Acapela
  • Recording: MP3 16-bit samples at a sampling rate of 44,100Hz with a bit rate of 64, 96, 128, 192 kbps, PCM 16-bit samples at a sampling rate of 44.100Hz 
  • DRM: 2002 PDTB1 (so-called I.P.P.) and 2006 PDTB2 
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n operating in the 2.4GHz band

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