PlexTalk is a brand name registered as a trademark of Shinano Kenshi Co.,Ltd. The USA division for Shinano Kenshi is located in Culver City, California. Beginning in 1918, Shinano Kenshi is now a global company with offices in Japan, Hong Kong, China, Belgium and Thailand. PlexTalk has its beginnings in 1994 when Shinano Kenshi looked for new ways to use their CD technology. This exploration lead to combining speech compression and file management to develop a digital talking book (DTB) player for the visually impaired. PlexTalk branded products are accessible digital talking book players or recorders that comply with the international DAISY standard.
The PlexTalk brand name covers digital products that provide playback and record. These assistive devices are used to assist the visually and physically impaired. PlexTalk is also useful for individuals with learning disabilities and who may be dyslexic. Vitality Medical carries the PlexTalk Daisy Player, PlexTalk Digital Book and the PlexTalk Pocket. These products are used by librarians, writers, students, teachers, publishers, senior citizens and rehabilitation centers.
Additional PlexTalk Resources
- PlexTalk Pocket Guide offers a condensed reference for operating the PlexTalk devices.
- Morley, Sarah. "Digital talking books on a PC: a usability evaluation of the prototype DAISY playback software." Proceedings of the third international ACM conference on Assistive technologies. ACM, 1998.
- Kendrick, Deborah. "Product Evaluation: Plextalk Pocket PTP1 DAISY Book Player and Digital Recorder from Shinano Kenshi." (2012).
- Ramasesh, C. P., and M. Chandrashekara. "INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR THE VISUALLY CHALLENGED LIBRARY USERS." Journal of Library, Information and Communication Technology 6.3-4 (2015): 7-14.
- Leventhal, Jay, and Richard Holborow. "Who Are the Players: Reviews of Hardware and Software Digital Talking Book Players." (2001).
- Ramasesh, C. P., and K. Manjula. "A Survey of the Use of Assistive Technologies by the Visually Challenged Library Users." (2013): 1-10.