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History

2017

Handy Tech Elektronik GmbH now renamed to Help Tech GmbH. Marc Züfle (B.A.) was acquired as the second managing director.

2016

Establishment of the sales company Help Tech with the locations Stuttgart, Marburg, Cologne. Presentation of the OrCam, the smart mini-camera, which discretely reads text as well as recognizes objects and persons.

2015

Active Star the shining star amongst Braille displays. Active Star is the universal access terminal for blind computer users.

2014

20 years Handy Tech, 20 years of innovation for the visually impaired, 40 years Braille technology from the home team.

2013

The patent pending invention "MusikBraille" allows to listen to Braille music notation while entering or, thanks to the ATC-Technology, also when reading by touch.

2012

Launch of Handy Tech's new homepage and start up of social networking sites on platforms like Facebook. Rounding up the portfolio with the Basic Braille

2011

Introduction of the Active Braille with patented ATC Technology

2009

The reading solution iRead was the first pure software product introduced by Handy Tech.

2008

The company’s head quarters in Horb, Germany, were extended by adding a level to the main building.

2007

Opening of a branch office in Lueneburg in the north of Germany, close to Hamburg.

2006

Introduction of the Modular Evolution, the world’s first Braille display with implemented Handy Tech invention ATC (Active Tactile Control).It is the ideal Braille display for professional workplaces.

2005

Easy Braille, a super compact Braille display as well as Sophie, the reading system with a natural sounding voice, and Sophie Pro an extended Version of the Sophie, were introduced.

2004

The Handy Tech Braille systems Braille Wave, Braille Star 40 and Braillino have been equipped with wireless Bluetooth technology.

2003

Handy Tech introduced its compact Braille Note Taker, the Braillino.

2002

Opening of a branch office in Stuttgart, in the South of Germany.

The Braille Star 40, the ideal Braille system for combined use with a Laptop and the Braille Star 80, Handy Tech’s Braille system for professional work places, ideal for blind telephone operators, were introduced.

2001

With Graphic Window Professional (GWP), Handy Tech presented the first access to computer graphics for blind computer users.

2000

The main building of Handy Tech’s head quarters in Horb Germany was refurbished and extended by an annex.

1999

Opening of a branch office in Marburg.

Handy Tech presented the first Braille system with note taking capability, the Braille Wave.

1997

The quality management system of Handy Tech was certified for DIN EN ISO 9001.

Introduction of the Bookworm, the world’s first electronic book reader for blind users.

1996

Opening of a branch office in Cologne.

Handy Tech Braille displays make the internet accessible for blind users.

1995

Handy Tech Braille display in combination with a screen reader makes Microsoft Windows accessible for blind users.

1994

The company changed its name to Handy Tech Elektronik GmbH. Starting with 8 team members, Dipl.-Ing. Siegfried Kipke takes on as owner and CEO.

Handy Tech becomes a strategic partner of Siemens, the future technology partner Unify GmbH & Co. KG.

1990

The company was converted into the Blista EHG GmbH.

1983

The German institute for the blind, the Blista in Marburg, in the north of Frankfurt, took over the company and started the EHG gGmbH. The operation in Horb continued with the production of Braille displays.

1981

Mr. Schönherr died in an accident.

1980

The Schönherr Company received the Louis-Braille-Award for the invention of Braille cell technology.

1975

Mr. Schönherr was granted the patent for the world’s first Braille output unit. With this so-called Braille cell it was possible to display Braille refreshable, for the first time. This invention paved the way for developing Braille displays, and made computer systems accessible to blind users. To this day, Braille displays are our main product range.

1974

Dipl.-Ing. Schönherr founded the Schönherr Company in Horb-Nordstetten.

 

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Help Tech GmbH
Brunnenstraße 10
72160 Horb-Nordstetten
Tel: +49 74 51 55 46 0
Fax: +49 74 51 55 46 67
Email: info@helptech.de

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