Help Tech - for more than 25 years
Help Tech GmbH can look back on a successful company history since 1974. The product range has been constantly expanded and today includes a wide range of aids for blind and severely visually impaired people.
25th company of Help Tech anniversary (formerly Handy Tech Elektronik GmbH)
Handy Tech Elektronik GmbH now renamed to Help Tech GmbH. Marc Züfle (B.A.) was acquired as the second managing director.
Presentation of the OrCam, the smart mini-camera, which discretely reads text as well as recognizes objects and persons.
Active Star the shining star amongst Braille displays. Active Star is the universal access terminal for blind computer users.
20 years Handy Tech, 20 years of innovation for the visually impaired, 40 years Braille technology from the home team.
Rounding up the portfolio with the Basic Braille
Introduction of the Active Braille with patented ATC Technology
The reading solution iRead was the first pure software product introduced by Handy Tech.
The company’s head quarters in Horb, Germany, were extended by adding a level to the main building.
Opening of a branch office in Lueneburg in the north of Germany, close to Hamburg.
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.
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.
The Handy Tech Braille systems Braille Wave, Braille Star 40 and Braillino have been equipped with wireless Bluetooth technology.
Handy Tech introduced its compact Braille Note Taker, the Braillino.
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.
With Graphic Window Professional (GWP), Handy Tech presented the first access to computer graphics for blind computer users.
The main building of Handy Tech’s head quarters in Horb Germany was refurbished and extended by an annex.
Opening of a branch office in Marburg.
Handy Tech presented the first Braille system with note taking capability, the Braille Wave.
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.
Opening of a branch office in Cologne.
Handy Tech Braille display in combination with a screen reader makes Microsoft Windows accessible for blind users.
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.
Dipl.-Ing. Schönherr -inventor of the world's first Braille module
The foundation stone was laid in 1974 by Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Peter Schönherr in Horb-Nordstetten. With the invention of the world's first Braille module by company founder Klaus Peter Schönherr in 1975, computer systems were made accessible to the blind for the first time. This invention was the prerequisite for the development of Braille displays, which are still our core competence today. Schönherr was awarded the Louis Braille Prize in 1980 for the invention of Braille module technology, which enables the dynamic tactile display of Braille.
When Schönherr was killed in a car accident in 1981, the German Institute for the Blind (Blista) in Marburg initially continued to run the company as a non-profit production facility under the name EHG. The production facility for Braille displays remained in Horb. In 1990, the company was renamed Blista EHG GmbH.