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Blind Bargains Top 11 Stories of 2009: 11. The iBill

Today, we begin our year-end look at the most influencial, ground-breaking, or otherwise important stories of 2009. In addition to our own staff, we consulted with some industry experts including ACB Radio Main Menu's Jamie Pauls, the Blind Geek Zone's Rick Harmon, Ranger from the Ranger Station Blog, and the Fred's Head Companion's Michael McCarty to help create our list. We'll present one item every day through New Year's day, when we'll reach number 1.

Orbit Research is a virtual unknown in the assistive technology research. Some students and people in careers which require lots of mathematic computations may be familiar with the Orion Scientific Calculator, but their latest product release, the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier, has caught the attention of a much wider audience, including our panel where it ranks at number 11 for 2009. While the ability to accurately identify money is nothing new, the price point is certainly attention-grabbing at under $100. Deaf-blind users will also benefit by the product's ability to identify currency via vibrations. Other useful benefits include the unit's microscopic size and its unparalleled accuracy. Read our original coverage of the iBill from October.

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Jeff.young Wednesday, 23-Dec-2009 1:20 PM ET:

I hope the iPhone and iPod touch find their way on this list, Personally I'd put them at number 1!

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.

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