Monday, November 9, 2009

MaxiAids Distributing Kapten, the First Ultra-Compact and 100% Voice-Interactive Talking GPS Navigation System

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living ( today presented the Kapten Talking Pocket GPS Navigation System, the first ultra-compact, 100% voice interactive GPS. This product debut is noteworthy for both the features it offers, as well as for the fact that in a market where other models offering less functionality cost $1,000 or more, MaxiAids is offering Kapten for under $500.

Unlike other GPS systems, the palm-sized Kapten has no screen. It uses voice recognition technology that allows it to accept verbal input. You make navigation requests by talking to the Kapten and are in turn given spoken directions. For the sighted user, this means you are always able to keep your eyes on the road. And blind or visually impaired pedestrians finally have a reliable tool to help you get where you need to go.

“We are excited to be able to offer this innovative product,” says Elliot Zaretsky, MaxiAids’ founder and president, “as it’s an affordable, accessible GPS for our blind and visually impaired customers.”

The Kapten GPS was designed as much for the pedestrian as it was for those travelling by car, bicycle, motorcycle or public transportation. In addition to acting as a navigator, Kapten is an MP3 player, an FM radio, and it can be paired with a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to provide hands-free dialing.

“We are happy to be working with MaxiAids to bring the Kapten to the US market,” said Marc Tastayre, Sales and Marketing Director at Kapsys, the French-based manufacturer of Kapten.

For more information on the Kapten or to place an order, visit or call 1-800-522-6294.

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