This will mark the first time the public is able to buy the VPAD since it was unveiled last January at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The VPAD will be available at the special price of $99, a deep discount from its retail price of $699.
"The VPAD represents a new standard of customer expectations", stated Anthony Mowl, assistant vice president of business development. "VRS users have long endured restrictive access to videophones by companies who expect brand loyalty from their customer before providing them with access to their products. The latest products are denied to those who need it the most."
The special price will be available only to people registered with Viable who will attend upcoming DeafNation Expo appearances. The tradeshow will travel to Omaha, Nevada; Columbus, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia. In the near future, the VPAD will be available for purchase on-line and through local sales representatives.
The VPAD has a 10.2-inch touch screen, an USB port, audio/visual ports, and allows for one-click connection to ViableVRS.
Mandated by Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, telecommunications relay services (TRS) enables individuals with hearing or speech disabilities to achieve functional equivalence by accessing telephone systems to place or receive calls through an intermediary known as a relay operator or relay interpreter. Emergent IP technology has given rise to video-based solutions, which are known as video relay services (VRS). VRS options include using a webcam or a videophone to connect to a video relay interpreter, and allow deaf and hard of hearing callers for whom sign language is native to fully achieve the ideal of functional equivalence.
Viable develops videophones and provides next-generation video relay services for deaf and hard of hearing persons, opening them to a world of communication possibilities. Founded in 2006, Viable is a private, deaf-owned company, and the majority of its employees are deaf and hard of hearing and are personally vested in the innovation and development of the company's products and services. More company news is available in the VMW March 2008 article Viable enhances VCO experience for ViableVRS callers.