Olympus introduce the DM-7

This week Olympus introduced the DM-7 model – a digital recorder that promises to be much more than just a voice recorder.


The iansyst team were lucky enough to be invited to the product launch event at the impressive Dans le Noir in London. The event gave an informative overview of the key features and how these will help disabled users in their day to day lives. All attendees were able to test out the Olympus DM-7, as well as their new smartphone app, Olympus Audio Controller, to see how they worked. We were also treated to a dining in the dark experience. We were guided in by blind guides (50% of the staff at Dans le Noir are either blind or disabled) and shown to our seats. The surprise 3 course menus were bought out leaving us to try and work out what we were eating. All of the people around us were saying the same thing – you keep expecting your eyes to adjust to the darkness, but they never do. It also bought us all to try and remember the last time we were actually in complete pitch darkness, not many of us could to our surprise. Not having the use of sight really heightened our other senses. It was a truly memorable experience and something that we would recommend you to try out for yourself!

The top-of-the-range DM-7 takes recording to a whole new level with Wi-Fi smartphone compatibility, a stereo sound microphone, and a slick, intuitively-designed user interface. The Olympus Audio Controller app allows users to record from their smartphone device via Wi-Fi. For example, if a student was sat at the back of a lecture hall they could leave their DM-7 by the speaker and control the device from their smartphone at the back of the room optimising the recording quality. Another feature using the app is users can include images taken by their smartphone and use these as a handy visual index. This makes it much easier to search and manage recordings. Audio files can be instantly shared via the app to Dropbox and OneDrive. The DM-7 has a low-noise microphone that boasts a 90° outward orientation which delivers stereo sound recordings with natural ambience. There have also been huge improvements to the voice command and text-to-speech function.

You can find out more and purchase the Olympus DM-7 at a very competitive price from www.dyslexic.com. Plus, enjoy free delivery on all orders!

Assistive Technology Apps


This month, iansyst launched a brand new and exciting page on Dyslexic.com – a page dedicated to providing information about the latest assistive technology apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets! Assistive technology (AT) apps are becoming increasingly popular to help those with dyslexia, visual impairment, physical difficulties and many more disabilities. Whether they are being used on their own or to accompany a full desktop version, AT apps are a great tool to help make smartphones and tablets accessible. You can view the page here.

The page currently features a variety of app categories, including text-to-speech, concept mapping and notetaking support. Some of these you can even download for free on the App Store or Google Play. Our Apps page will continuously be updated to promote the ever growing range of apps on the market, so keep an eye out for future additions to the page.

The Apps page also features iansyst’s own apps that we have developed, including our popular literacy support app, AcceleRead AcceleWrite. AcceleRead AcceleWrite is a fun and easy to use, interactive certified remedial reading scheme designed for use on an iPad. The app provides ‘virtual’ cards, each with a series of sentences which the student will read one by one until they have memorised the sentence. They then tap on the screen to input the sentence exactly as it appeared to them. The integrated text-to-speech will enable them to listen to what they have typed to check for errors. This process is repeated until the sentence is correct and they can move onto the next level. There are eight levels of increasing difficulty and your progress is tracked in your results page, showing you how many attempts were made at each level and which levels have been completed.

iansyst are happy to provide support and advice about the ever growing range of apps and which could be beneficial to you. Please get in touch if you would like more information:

Email us: info@iansyst.co.uk

Call us: 01223 420101

View the Apps page by following this link: http://www.dyslexic.com/apps/