About knfb Reading Technology™ & Blio

This section covers news and updates from the knfb Reading Technology™ family of products, and showcases the Blio e-reader.

knfb Reading Technology™ is a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation of the Blind, the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The company develops products that innovate access to print for anyone with difficulty seeing or reading, including the blind and learning disabled.

In 2010, knfb Reading Technology™ partnered with global media distributor Baker & Taylor to create the Blio e-reader, which delivers an advanced electronic reading environment for today’s digital content. The Blio video tour provides further details on the product's features.

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HP | Blio e-reader application to be included on HP TouchPad, featured at ‘Think Beyond’ event

February 9, 2011

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The Blio e-reader application is included on the HP TouchPad. Video below shows the February 9, 2011 HP WebOS “Think Beyond” event, and the Blio segment begins at 1:23:40 — “HP TouchPad also offers a full library of news and lifestyle publications, a choice of e-readers including Blio and others.”

Video Source: HP | “Think Beyond” event

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CNET | Ina Fried interviews Ray Kurzweil

January 7, 2010

Ray Kurzweil on CNET on digital reading

CNET | The future of reading: Ray Kurzweil knows a little something about e-readers. The computing pioneer, who among other things helped develop modern text recognition software, has been working to use digital technology to improve reading for the past 30 years. His latest project, Blio, is an effort to improve the emerging electronic book field with software that turns e-books into more than just a digital… read more

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CNET | Ray Kurzweil tries to build a better e-reader

Meet Blio: A video introduction of the Blio e-reader

December 27, 2011

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You can learn more about Blio here (Blio.com) and here (MeetBlio.com).

Jewish Currents | Kurzweil Reading Machine for the blind — 35 year anniversary

January 13, 2011

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Jewish Currents — January 12, 2011 | Lawrence Bush

The first reading machine capable of translating printed material into spoken words was unveiled on this date in 1976 by inventor Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind.

Ray Kurzweil, a pioneering scientist in artificial intelligence, appeared on Steve Allen’s I’ve Got a Secret television show as a high school student back in 1965, when he had already invented a computer capable of composing music.

Stevie… read more

K-NFB launches free e-reader software to ‘revolutionize e-book reading experience’

September 28, 2010

K-NFB Reading Technology Inc., creator and developer of the Blio[TM] e-reading software, today announced the launch of Blio, the most advanced, flexible, interactive and engaging e-reading application available to consumers, according to a company statement.

The free application can be downloaded immediately to all Windows-based devices at the newly designed blio.com, with applications for iOS, Android and Silverlight platforms available soon.

“Beginning today, readers… read more

New York Times | Kurzweil vows to right e-reader wrongs

June 18, 2010

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Source: New York Times — June 18, 2010 | Ashlee Vance

There’s Amazon.com’s Kindle, Sony’s Reader, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Apple’s iPad and a bevy of iPad and Kindle clones. Still, Ray Kurzweil, the famed inventor, thinks people deserve yet another option when it comes to reading books and magazines with… read more

International Consumer Electronics Show 2010 | Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer presents Blio

January 6, 2010

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Video Source: International Consumer Electronics Show 2010 | Microsoft

Business Wire | Grandparents.com™ launches online bookstore powered by Blio

December 9, 2011

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Source: Business Wire — November 30, 2011

Free e-reading application plus discounts on 1 million+ books, DVDs, CDs

The Grandparents.com Bookstore is open for business, with discounts and promotions for its customers that are competitive with online book merchants Amazon™ and Barnes and Noble™.

The Bookstore, operated in association with Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of print and digital books, carries over 1 million books, DVDs and CDs, and… read more

h+ magazine | Is Blio the 800-pound gorilla of the e-book reader market?

October 2, 2010

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Source: h+ magazine — September 30, 2010 | Surf-D

[...] What the Blio software does offer, however, is an extremely compelling and easy-to-use book-like interface for the inexpensive and increasingly ubiquitous netbooks used by students.  And for those with a few more dollars to spend on an iPad, a Windows 7 Nav 9 tablet, or a ThinkPad Edge 11, it may just make your digital reading experience, if engadget is to be believed, pretty darn enjoyable for a… read more

USA Today | Cell phone can read to you from pictures it takes

February 15, 2008

Source: USA Today — Feb 14, 2008 | Edward C. Baig

[...] The Nokia N82 cell phone, enhanced by character-recognition and text-to-speech knfbReader Mobile software from knfb Reading Technology, is “a liberating day-to-day tool that grants access to printed materials not otherwise easily available” to sightless persons. [...]

Killer Startups | Blio, a different e-reading experience

January 1, 2011

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Source: Killer Startups — January 1, 2011

Blio is a new application that has the aim of letting you read e-books in the most practical way of all, and at a price that you are sure to love: for free.  A big effort has been made in order to present e-books in as much detail as their print counterparts. Any book that you read using Blio will be displayed as faithfully as possible to the original work,… read more

eBookNewser | Gardner Books to distribute e-books via Blio

December 10, 2011

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Source: eBookNewser — October 12, 2011 | Nate Hoffelder

Baker & Taylor announced today that it had signed a new deal with one of the largest book wholesalers in the UK.

Gardner Books, working on behalf of nearly a thousand British eBook publishers, has agreed to supply its current catalog to Baker & Taylor so it can be distributed by the 8th most popular eBook platform, Blio. “Blio is an exciting development… read more

knfb Reading Technology | kReader Mobile software named First Place winner in Nokia’s Technology Showcase contest

March 19, 2009

Source: knfb Reading Technology — February 17, 2009 | knfb Staff

PRESS RELEASE | The kReader Mobile from knfb Reading Technology has been named First Place winner in the Technology Showcase category in Nokia’s global Calling All Innovators contest for “mobile applications and solutions to help improve the quality of life on the planet.”

knfb Reading Technology’s multi-language text-to-speech application, with cross-language translation capabilities, uses Nokia camera phones to digitize any book, letter, receipt or other printed document and translate the captured text into audio that is “read” back to the vision- impaired and those with reading difficulties.… read more

Library Journal | Summit on e-books draws over 2100 attendees: opening keynote by futurist Ray Kurzweil

October 1, 2010

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Library Journal — October 1, 2010

[...] The summit’s opening keynote speaker was inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil (pictured), author of The Singularity Is Near, who gave attendees a view from 30,000 feet of the impact of the technological revolution. Asserting that technological change is exponential, he said that “we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century,” but “more like 20,000 years of progress.” Ultimately, he said, we will make… read more

Acceptance Remarks For American Foundation for the Blind Migel Award

March 7, 2004

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) presented its Migel 2004 Lay/Volunteer Award on March 6, 2004 to Ray Kurzweil for his extensive work in the field of blindness, optical character recognition, and the Reading Machine for the blind.… read more

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