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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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

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 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

Toshiba | New Toshiba Book Place powered by Blio

June 18, 2010

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Source: Toshiba — June 18, 2010 | Toshiba Book Place


Toshiba | The new Toshiba Book Place lets you browse and purchase favorite titles from our virtual bookshelves — filled with today’s bestsellers,  a wide range of cookbooks, travel guides, children’s books, textbooks and more.  Toshiba Book Place will offer a full-color, 3D, interactive reading experience — powered by Blio, the world’s most engaging and innovative e-reading software.

Book Place brings books to life with a variety of unique features, including… read more

PR Newswire | Blio now available in Apple’s App Store, offering seamless experience to readers

July 14, 2011

Source: PR Newswire — July 14, 2011

Baker & Taylor and K-NFB Reading Technology make Blio’s full-color and interactive digital media content available for use on Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod

K-NFB Reading Technology today announced that Blio, a leading interactive, engaging, and flexible ereading software application, will be available for download from Apple’s App Store onto the iPad, iPhone, and iPod beginning July 12.

Readers who already have a Blio account can now read… read more

Toshiba | Toshiba opens e-book store for laptops

September 28, 2010


Source: Toshiba — September 28, 2010

Toshiba | Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced Toshiba Book Place, an e-book reader and store that adds easy-to-access, interactive e-books to the suite of digital entertainment products that consumers can enjoy on laptops. In partnership with K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc., a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc. and the National Federation for the Blind, Toshiba… read more

Kurzweil receives award from Perkins School for the Blind

November 9, 2006

MEDIA ALERT | Ray Kurzweil has received the Perkins Miracle Worker Award from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.

The award recognized Ray’s lifelong contribution to technology that helps blind and vision-impaired people. His latest invention, the K-NFB Reader, the state-of-the-art in blind-assistance technology, was demonstrated at the event.

Jamaica Observer | This week’s Tech 5

November 17, 2010


Source: Jamaica Observer — November 2, 2010 | Jamaica Observer staff

[…] The Blio eReader is a smart online reader that has the ability to know all that enhances your reading experience. With the same layout as books — fonts, full-colour images — the eReader can read aloud to you with Blio highlighting each word as it goes, so you can follow along. You can look up words you might not be familiar with or get more information… read more

No Shelf Required | Blio and Axis 360 from Baker & Taylor — an audio interview with Michael Bills

December 9, 2011

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Source: No Shelf Required — September 19, 2011 | Sue Polanka

Last week I interviewed Michael Bills, Director for Sales, Digital Products, from Baker & Taylor about their e-reader software, Blio. Michael discussed the functionality of Blio and discussed Axis 360, a hosting and circulation platform for the Blio reader. For more information on blio, visit: http://www.baker-taylor.com/blio.cfm

Michael’s interview, along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page. [...]


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

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