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PRC Releases NuEye™ Tracking System for Accent ™1200

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Contact: Jo Donofrio: jmd@prentrom.com; (800)262-1984, ext. 268


For Immediate Release

PRC Introduces NuEye™ Tracking System, Most Precise Eye Gaze System Developed for Accent™ 1200

New Accessory for PRC’s Accent™ 1200 Gives Users Complete Visual Control of their AAC Device

Wooster, OH, August 24, 2012 – Prentke Romich Company (PRC), the leading developer of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology for individuals with speech disabilities, announced today the release of NuEye™ Tracking System, a powerful new accessory for the company’s new Accent™ 1200 device.

Attaching the NuEye Tracking System to the Accent 1200 speech-output device gives users the ability to operate the communication device’s robust capabilities using just their eyes. Keys are “selected” by gazing for a specified period of time to generate speech. When used with an integrated Accent 1200, NuEye enables users to send emails, browse the Internet, post on social networking sites, and more.

Developed in partnership with SensoMotoric Instruments GmbH (SMI) of Germany, a global leader in eye tracking technology for more than 20 years, the NuEye Tracking System offers:

Accuracy and precision: NuEye automatically determines optimal single- or double-eye tracking strategy based on user capabilities and environmental factors. It also accommodates eyeglasses and contact lenses;

Multiple calibration options: Zero, 1, 2, 5, and 9 point calibration options support increased accuracy as the user’s eye control improves;

Easy mounting: NuEye attaches in seconds to the PRC Accent 1200 and requires no head-mounted equipment;

Versatility: A large track-box area accommodates a wide range of head movement;

Portability: Small, lightweight, and compact, NuEye is designed to go anywhere and offer very low power consumption.

“Our NuEye Tracking System offers adults and children hands-free, switch-free access to our new Accent 1200,” stated David L. Moffatt, PRC President. “NuEye is highly accurate, precise, and easy to use. With NuEye, individuals with limited or declining physical abilities, such as those with ALS, can use their eyes to communicate and interact with others.”

About Accent 1200

Accent 1200 is PRC’s newest, high-performance AAC solution with advanced functionality and user-friendly features. It comes preloaded with PRC’s proven language development software and features an array of built-in support resources for pediatric, teen, and adult users and clinicians, including a Context-Sensitive Help function and language development resources from PRC’s AAC Language Lab. The integrated model also lets users access the Internet and enjoy social interaction via two cameras.

Accent 1200 and the NuEye Tracking System are protected by PRC’s one-year product warranty.

About PRC

PRC is a global leader in the development and manufacture of augmentative communication devices, computer access products, and other assistive technology for people with severe disabilities.

A 100% employee-owned company founded in 1966 and headquartered in Wooster, OH, PRC has enabled thousands of children and adults worldwide with speech disorders to achieve spontaneous, independent, and interactive communication regardless of their disability, literacy level, or motor skills.

PRC offers a full array of powerful communication devices, including Accent 1200™, Essence™, and ECO™2. PRC also provides high-quality teaching and implementation ideas, therapy materials, curriculum sequences, funding assistance, and training to speech-language pathologists, special educators, and the families of AAC communicators. PRC’s AAC Language Lab is among the most popular web resources for language development using AAC devices.

For more information, go to prentrom.com, call (800) 262-1984 or visit PRC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Google+.

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