Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 - Lions Visual Independence Foundation
Lions Visual Independence Foundation is proud to announce the release of the Australian Kapten PLUS, a personal assistant device offering Australians living with blindness and low vision a voice activated GPS, audio book reader, voice recorder, MP3 player and FM radio.

Lions International since its inception has followed Helen Keller in her request for Lions to become knights for the blind. This passion has lead to the Australian development of this affordable new technology, manufactured in France by Kapsys, that provides additional safety and enhances travel independence for many Australians living with blindness and low vision.

The Kapten PLUS is a new generation Voice Controlled Mobility Assistant offers mobility features such as "where am I" , “itinerary planning” and detailed "free navigation" providing real time voice descriptions of what's around during your pedestrian trips.

Trains and tram routes have been integrated into most major capital cities enabling the user to travel to the nearest rail or tram and travel onto their final desired destination.

One of the great features is the size and appearance of the Kapten Plus being similar in appearance to an MP3 player providing users a sense of equality with audio devices designed for the sighted community.

The Kapten PLUS provides for relaxing times through the MP3 player, FM radio and audio book reader.

The Kapten PLUS maps and updates have been sponsored by Navteq making the device truly affordable at $399.

We are looking for sponsors and donors to help roll out this device to those who can least afford.

For further information, please contact Lions Visual Independence Foundation 1300 787 469 or by visiting


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Lions Visual Independence Foundation

Lions Visual Independence Foundation is a not for profit charity with the aim of bringing happiness to Australians living with blindness and low vision.

Primarily, we identify technologies that may assist the community, then tailor them to Australian conditions delivering them at an affordable price.

Our first product, the ID mate talking barcode scanner identifes food, clothes, music, medications and anything you can attach a barcode to. This provides independence within the home.

Next we wanted to increase the degree of independence
outside the home and this is where the concept of the Australian version of the Kapten PLUS arose.

We further support the community by providing grants for the ID mate, talking barcode scanner being a more costly item of technology.

Bernie Slagtman
P: 03 9853 9880
M: 0402 859 885


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