In Memory of James C. Bliss,
It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Jim Bliss, who lived with multiple myeloma in the last years of his life. Before founding our company, as JBliss Imaging, Jim was the co-founder and creative leader of Telesensory Systems (TSI) for many years.
With John Linvill. (who passed away in February of 2011) Dr. Bliss, co-invented
the Optacon, an optical
to tactile converter device that converts print to a tactile image, enabling
the blind to read print – even on curved surfaces, discover the “layout” of a
print page, read charts and graphs, distinguish print from pictures, and with
special lens adaptors, read LED and LCD calculator displays, read computer
screens (when voice or braille devices fail), or
correct typing on conventional manual or
In 2007 Jim received the Migel Medal Award of the American Foundation for the Blind for “dedication and achievements that have improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired”.
Jim was my mentor and friend of 36 years, and greatly loved by his friends, colleagues, and the many visually impaired individuals who benefited from his life’s work.
Some links about Jim’s work:
Stanford link about the development of the Optacon: http://soe.stanford.edu/about/memories/06_2010_optacon.html [note: The You Tube link only shows part 1 of the Optacon Story video. See early research leading to the Optacon (c 1964-1965), and part 2 link at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be8_KsT4ATg&feature=related
Article and image about the Optacon II: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optacon [Note by Judy Adams: I was honored to be the Product Manager for the Optacon II at Telesensory, and provided instruction on the computerized Optacon II training practice module when it was introduced by Telesensory and Canon, Japan, in Japan in the 80’s) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optacon
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