Sunday, July 10, 2016

Boogie Board LCD eWriters Gives Voice to Those Without Speech

The Boogie Board LCD eWriter enables those without a voice to communicate. People such as Bob Hoagland, a Vietnam Vet diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Boogie Board eWriters were notably featured on NBC News. Their in-depth story focused on the possible connection between veterans and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), highlighting Bob Hoagland, a Vietnam Vet diagnosed with the disease. He relies on the Boogie Board 8.5 as his primary communication tool.

Photo by Ann Johansson for NBC News

Photo by Ann Johansson for NBC News

From the NBC News Report:

"U.S. veterans carry a nearly 60 percent greater risk of contracting ALS than civilians . . . That alarming disparity has prompted the Pentagon to devote $7.5 million annually to hunt for ALS causes and treatments . . . 'When you think about the military, you have intense training, and we all wonder: Is it something to do with extreme exercise and a genetic vulnerability?' says Clive Svendsen, head of the Cedars institute . . . His theory: For veterans born with a rare genetic flaw that predisposes them to ALS, the military’s harsh physical demands perhaps trigger the disease to erupt years later . . .

"'The answer is in stem cell therapy,' Hoaglan writes on his LCD board . . . He scrawls more words with urgency in his eyes: 'I want to get involved in a stem cell study.'"


MaxiAids Has Boogie Board LCD eWriters In Stock

MaxiAids chose to carry the Boogie Board LCD eWriter because it is such an innovative and useful assistive technology device. You can choose either the pocket-size Jot 4.5 or the full-size Jot 8.5 model in your favorite color.

The Boogie Board line of Jot LCD eWriters has a reusable writing surface and includes a stylus to quickly jot down notes, messages, phone numbers, or lists – which are easily erased with just the press of a button. Both sizes are terrific to take with you or to keep conveniently at hand in your home or office.


Simple and Elegant Assistive Technology Solution

The Boogie Board is a simple and elegant assistive-technology solution for those with a speech impairment to help them communicate their thoughts to others. The Jot LCD eWriters are ideal for anyone who has difficulty with vocal communication, such as the deaf, hard of hearing, stroke victims, etc. In fact, organizations for certain impediments, such as ALS, vocal cord paralysis, stroke victims, etc. endorse them for many different purposes, including to practice memory exercises, as well as to help develop fine motor skills, and communicating.


This is not your father’s Etch-a-Sketch

The Boogie Board eWriter may bring back memories of the Etch-a-Sketch. But, as the saying goes, this is not your father’s Etch-a-Sketch. The Boogie Board has a pressure-sensitive, plastic liquid crystal display. You create words and drawings by pressing on the LCD with the included stylus. To clear the screen, you press the erase button. This applies an electric field to completely erase the LCD screen with no fuss or mess.

While the technology employed by both devices is quite different, the major difference is in your experience using them. The Boogie Board eWriter feels very natural, just like when you are writing and drawing by hand with a pen or pencil on a piece of paper – but with the easy-to-erase convenience of a blackboard. It replaces pen and paper, scratch pads, and sticky notes for writing down messages, memos, lists, and ideas. You can even use it to play games like tic-tac-toe and hangman or to draw pictures. Your words and images will remain as long as you want and can be easily erased with the touch of a button. You can create and erase again and again.


Boogie Board Jot 4.5 LCD eWriter

The compact-sized Jot 4.5 LCD eWriter is for people on the go. Slip it into your shirt pocket, coat pocket, or purse to take shopping to the drug store, grocery store, or restaurant. It's just what you need for quick notes and brief messages.


Boogie Board Jot 8.5 LCD eWriter

The full-size Jot 8.5 LCD eWriter is the flagship Boogie Board product. It has the brightest, highest-contrast LCD. With the Boogie Board Jot 8.5, you are able to save and edit what is written on the display through an app that is available for free on the App Store and Google Play. This free-for-download Jot mobile app allows you to scan, edit, save, and share content that you've created with others.


My Primary Communicating Tool

"The Jot 4.5 is great for things like going to the grocery store where I need to use my hands a lot. No need to set it down, just drop it into my shirt pocket. The Original will be my primary communicating tool, and it just looks great.

I have been so impressed with the eWriter ever since I got it and people I talk to say how cool it is when they see it in action."

— Bob Hoaglan

Photo by Ann Johansson for NBC News

Photo by Ann Johansson for NBC News


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