|Digit-Eyes is the clear choice when compared to conventional
*$9.99 price includes audio label recording option, UPC/EAN reader, code 3-of-9, (inventory tags) code 2-of-5 (supermarket shelf tags) and code 128 inventory tag readers. Pricing for the UPC/EAN reader alone is $5.99.
- Digit-Eyes provides unparalleled functionality
-- scanning and labeling as well as UPC/EAN reading and
voicing. Other assistive devices are limited to a
single function, requiring users who want to do both
labeling and scanning to carry several different devices
- Digit-Eyes fits the budget. Digit-Eyes runs on
the lowest-level iPhones and iPods. These are available at Walmart
and other stores for just $99 or less. The
Digit-Eyes software is priced at just $9.99*, offering
unparalleled functionality for about the
price of a meal out. Other assistive devices start at
$150 and can cost as much as $1,200 for single-purpose units.
- Digit-Eyes has no ongoing cost.
The Digit-Eyes product databases are continuously updated and
all information is available for free. Other assistive technology
products charge $50 or $100 per year for data updates.
- Digit-Eyes travels light. All it takes is
your iPhone, iPod or iPad; you carry no additional hardware. The devices are
ergonomically well designed and fit tidily in your pocket.
Other assistive devices are large, obtrusive, or awkward to
- Digit-Eyes relies on supplies that are easy to find
and modestly priced. It uses off-the-shelf Avery
compatible labels that cost a penny or two each and which can
be found wherever office supplies are sold. Other assistive
devices require expensive supplies that have to be ordered
from special sources.
- Digit-Eyes goes where you go.
Digit-Eyes takes advantage of the data transmission
capabilities of the iPhone and iPod, traveling wherever users go,
while other assistive devices physically tether users to
- Digit-Eyes takes a licking. The iPhone, iPod and iPad are
robust hardware platforms that stand up well to everyday
environmental stress, such as being jostled or dropped.
Other assistive devices are physically fragile.
- Digit-Eyes helps users identify packaged goods.
It automatically scans for UPC and EAN codes. When a
manufacturer code is detected, it automatically connects to
the Digit-Eyes database system, retrieves the name of the
product, and announces it to you. Other assistive devices
require the user to know what the item being labeled is and to make their own recordings.
- Digit-Eyes stores up to 1,000 hours of voice labels
and uses less than half the storage capacity of the 15Gb
iPhone. Got a phone with more capacity? 1,000 hours of labels take
about 12% of the storage space on the 64Gb
iPhone. Other assistive devices have recording capacities
that max out at 50 to 70 hours.
- Digit-Eyes has no practical limit to the number of
labels that you can make. Many other
labeling systems limit the user to 500 or 700 labels.
- Digit-Eyes labels scan well. They can easily
be found by touch; the bar codes are dependably aligned with
the edges of the labels; and the bar code can be scanned
from all four directions and, unlike conventional systems, is
insensitive to skew.
- Digit-Eyes is secure. Audio labels are
automatically backed up each time your phone is synched and
backed up. Other assistive devices can be lost and the
digital content is irrevocably lost with them.
- Digit-Eyes requires no physical contact with the bar
code. Scan distances vary with the size of the
label. Labels 2 cm across call for a relatively close scan
while labels 4 inches (10 cm) square can be scanned from a
distance of roughly 4 feet (120 cm). Other assistive devices
require the user to physically touch the item being
- Digit-Eyes delivers a high capture rate when
used to acquire manufacturer-applied UPC codes, as it scans
the entire surface of the package. Codes are recognized in any orientation
and the user is not required to "fit" the code into a visual box that they cannot see. This is an improvement
over current assistive devices, whose users report
difficulties in locating the bar codes and aligning the
device for reading.
- Digit-Eyes filters out background noise.
Users of other assistive devices that record sound files
report problems with extraneous noise. This is not an issue
with the iPhone, iPod and iPad.
- Digit-Eyes labels stay crisp over time.
Users of Braille labeling systems report that loss of
information due to flattening of the dots is a major
irritation and that loss of labels due to adhesive problems are common. Avery labels
are designed to stick (and stay stuck) for 10 years of normal use.
- Digit-Eyes labels are available in washable format, ,
simplifying everyday tasks such as picking the right clothes
from the closet or doing the laundry. The labels
produced by other assistive systems are not washable.