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

Video Source: CNET

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 magazine | 35-year anniversary of the Kurzweil Reading Machine for the blind

January 13, 2011

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Source: Jewish Currents magazine — January 12, 2011 | Lawrence Bush

Ray Kurzweil note: 35 years ago today, Walter Cronkite used the Kurzweil Reading Machine to read his signature sign off: “And that’s the way it was, January 13, 1976.”

The first reading machine capable of translating printed material into spoken words was unveiled on this date in 1976 by inventor Raymond Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind. Kurzweil, a pioneering scientist in artificial intelligence, appeared on Steve Allen’s “I’ve Got… 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

Engadget | Blio for Windows review, now available for download

September 30, 2010


Source: Engadget — September 29, 2010 | Joanna Stern

Last week we brought you news that KNF-B was prepping for a September 28 launch of its Blio e-reader software, and according to our date books, the time has come! The free PC software (Windows XP, Vista and 7 are all supported) can be downloaded now at the source link below; the iPhone app should be hitting the App Store very soon, however. We’ve been using the… read more

Stevie Wonder presents knfbReaders to blind students

December 20, 2006

Stevie Wonder presented two knfb readers to students at the Stevie Wonder 11th annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert in Los Angeles on Dec. 16.

The Readers, the first handheld devices capable of reading and converting printed text into spoken words, were donated by knfb (Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind).… read more

BBC News | Online education disrupting traditional academic models

November 17, 2010


Source: BBC News — November 11, 2010 | Kabir Chibber

[…] Sites like the student-run Textbook Revolution aim to compile all the free resources available online to undercut the big publishers, including textbooks as PDF files. Still, the industry is fighting back. The Follett Higher Education Group has initiatives like Rent-A-Text, which preserves at least some of the returns of the paper model, and its CafeScribe e-book store and social network.

Mr Prescott is also hopeful… read more

Toshiba | Video tour of Toshiba Book Place, powered by Blio

August 24, 2010

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Toshiba | With access to more than 1 million e-books and a broad selection of best-sellers, Book Place, from Toshiba, is your destination for the coolest digital reading experience available today. Book Place, powered by Blio, offers a rich, interactive e-reading experience that maintains the book’s original layout and features unique innovations such as highlighting, note taking, and hyperlinking.

Select books can be read aloud using the text-to-speech feature. At… read more

Video Source: Toshiba

Toshiba Book Place

Other Things | A Blio update

December 9, 2011

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Source: Other Things — October 18, 2011

A new update of K-NFB’s Blio for iOS [app store link], which uses our libEucalyptus, was released today. If you’re not aware of Blio, I wrote a bit about it when the iOS app first came out a few months ago. There are lots of great little additions in the update — both utilizing updates by us in libEucalyptus, and otherwise in the app itself. I’m really enjoying reading with… read more

MediaPost | New e-rival: Kurzweil bows Blio e-reader

October 2, 2010


Source: MediaPost — September 28, 2010 | Erik Sass

This week brought the official launch of Blio, a free multiplatform, multimedia e-reader app from KNF-B Reading Technology, a company founded by futurist Ray Kurzweil, the inventor of voice-recognition, in cooperation with the Federation of the Blind.

Originating as an app to help people with impaired vision read digital content more easily, the partners are marketing Blio to mainstream consumers. Blio aims to preserve the visual… read more

NFB presents Newell Perry Award to Ray Kurzweil

July 17, 2007

Ray Kurzweil was given the Newell Perry Award by Dr. Marc Maurer, President, National Federation of the Blind (NFB), at the NFB’s recent national convention in Atlanta.

“The Newell Perry Award is intended for individuals, blind or sighted, who have demonstrated courageous leadership and outstanding service in the blindness field,” said Dr. Marc Maurer. “Ray Kurzweil has done more than simply invent revolutionary reading technology; he has helped the blind of America to realize our dream of complete independence. He has demonstrated that he truly cares about us, and we present him with this award in recognition of his commitment to ensuring that the blind take our rightful place as productive members of society.”… read more

PR Newswire | knfb to demo new, full-color, audio-enhanced e-book content on Blio at CES

January 5, 2011

Source: PR Newswire — January 5, 2011

Media demonstrations, interviews with Ray Kurzweil available Thursday, January 6, at 3:30 p.m., in the Microsoft booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

K-NFB Reading Technology, creator and developer of Blio, will bring to life new, enhanced e-book content, including well-known children’s titles, on Thursday, Jan. 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show. K-NFB founder Ray Kurzweil will be demonstrating full-color, studio-quality audio titles on the Blio e-reading software at… read more

Blio eReader iPhone demo

August 24, 2010

Video Source: The Digital Reader | Nathaniel Hoffelder

The Digital Reader

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