FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Freedom Scientific Releases New GPS Solution for the Blind

StreetTalk VIP Now Shipping

(St. Petersburg, Florida - July 27, 2009)

Freedom Scientific today announced the immediate availability of StreetTalkā„¢ VIP.

Running on Freedom Scientific's PAC Mate Omniā„¢ Accessible Pocket PC, StreetTalk VIP offers GPS navigation that takes into account the unique needs of people with visual impairments. The application uses technology from the Sendero Group to determine the best route from point A to point B for either a vehicle or a pedestrian, and presents information to the user with synthesized speech and/or refreshable Braille.

Jonathan Mosen, Freedom Scientific's Vice President of Blindness Hardware Product Management, says, "StreetTalk VIP is a powerful tool for exploring your surroundings both virtually and in real time."

Mosen adds that, "During our extensive user testing process, I've used StreetTalk VIP in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. I can sit in my hotel room and find information about nearby points of interest. Using the virtual mode, I can explore the surrounding streets while I'm still in my room, and decide where I want to go before switching on my GPS receiver and venturing outside. If I'm taking a taxi, I can print out the route directions for the driver or simply monitor my PAC Mate Omni and give him directions. StreetTalk VIP gives me great real-time information, whether I'm traveling on foot or in a vehicle. I love the independence I have with StreetTalk VIP and would not leave home without it."

StreetTalk VIP is available with maps for the US and Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

For more information, including a full pricing schedule, please visit the StreetTalk VIP Web page or call 1-800-444-4443.

About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Since 2015, Freedom Scientific is part of VFO™. VFO has its headquarters in the USA and the Netherlands, and offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Through VFO's multi-tier distribution, Freedom Scientific products are available in more than 70 countries worldwide.

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