Digital Talking Book Machine (cont)
Features Common to Both Models
The Rewind, Play/Stop, and Fast Forward controls are centered and located close
to the front edge of the player. These primary controls are used to start and
stop the book and to move the reading position.
Just behind the Rewind, Play, and Fast Forward controls are the Power, Sleep, and Volume buttons.
- The square, green Play/Stop button initiates the playing of a book or stops a
book or message already playing. Holding this button down on the Standard Player
enters and exits the built-in User Guide.
- The white, triangular Rewind and Fast Forward buttons to the left and right
of the Play/Stop button move the reading position through the book, further in time and
book structure the longer the button is held down. Periodically the amount of book time
traversed is announced, while beeps indicate the crossing of chapter boundaries during
both Rewind and Fast Forward.
Behind the Power, Sleep, and Volume controls is a raised line running from one side of the
player to the other. This line divides the 6 most frequently used controls on the front of
the player from the Tone and Speed controls located behind the raised line and on either side
of the round speaker.
- The round, red Power button is pressed to turn the player on and off.*
It is located close to the left edge of the player. The Power button can also be
used to perform a hardware reset to reboot the player. A hardware reset is accomplished by holding
the button down until a beep is heard (more than 7 seconds).
- The white Sleep button, shaped like a crescent moon, is used to start or continue
playback for 15 minutes. It is centered just behind the Play/Stop button. After the 15-minute
sleep period the player's volume will fade and playback will stop.
- The yellow Volume buttons are shaped like arrowheads and point up and down. They
are close to the right edge of the player.
The Tone and Speed buttons are shaped like up-and-down arrowheads,
like the Volume buttons. They are located between the round speaker and
the edges of the player.
The Volume, Tone, and Speed controls all announce the direction of adjustment with each
press of the button (e.g., "Tone up" or "Tone down", with similar announcements for the
other controls). When playing a book, the Advanced Model enunciates the adjustments only
by simple beeps, with a second beep to represent the normal or middle setting. The Speed
control changes the speed of the speech from 50 percent to 300 percent of normal, with no
change in pitch.
- The Tone buttons are close to the top left edge.
- The Speed buttons are close to the top right edge.
The player can be powered from a 120 volt AC wall outlet or from an internal battery pack.
The battery pack was designed specifically for this player. It is not replaceable by patrons.
The player is designed to resist entry of small liquid spills and insects. The speaker is
water-resistant and further protected by a water- resistant speaker grill cloth. The keypad is
seated into channels inside the player housing to resist liquid spills entering the player.
The digital talking-book cartridge is inserted into the cartridge dock opening on the front of
the player directly below the Play/Stop button. The cartridge plugs into a USB type A receptacle
socket at the rear of the cartridge dock. When the player is powered, inserting a cartridge will
start playback automatically.
The player has a pull-out handle located below the cartridge dock opening.
A compartment in the back of the player can be used for power cord storage while using battery
power or when the player is not in use.
The cartridge used with the player is about the size of a common cassette, but with a more complex
shape. The end of the cartridge with the round finger hole is beveled, so that when that end of the
cartridge is pressed down on a flat surface in front of the player, the other end of the cartridge,
with the USB Connector, tilts up and can slide smoothly into the player. The end of the cartridge with the USB connector is also beveled so it will fit into the player only one way.
* When connected to AC power, turning the player
off does not disconnect power from the electronics. Most of the controls are disabled;
however, the circuit is still active so that battery charging can occur, if necessary.
When the player is turned off while using batteries, power is completely disconnected
from all electronics except the battery monitoring integrated circuit. (return to text)
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