Texpo is an annual event organised by Vision Australia that showcases the latest in products and services that can assist people who are blind or have low vision. It occurs around September every year in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane at our Kooyong, Enfield and Coorparoo centres.
With a wide range of Australian and international technology suppliers exhibiting their products, it is a great chance to see all the different models and brands in the one location. Texpo features presentations on key topics about emerging trends in technology such as high definition magnification, tablet computers, the world of apps and accessibility, the joy of reading with ebooks and, this year, even advancements in cooking technology for those budding master chefs.
People come from everywhere to visit Texpo, even interstate. It’s a great place to be able to chat with our professional staff, product suppliers and catch up with friends, both new and old.
Texpo is a free event open to the general public. It is well attended by people who are blind or have low vision and their friends and family, people who work in the disability and aged care sectors, employers, government representatives – virtually anyone with an interest in learning more about blindness and low vision.
Planning for Texpo 2013 has commenced and we will keep you informed of developments. The dates for Texpo 2013 can be found below. We really value feedback about how we can make Texpo better so do not hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1300 84 74 66.
Download the Texpo flyer
Spread the word and come to Texpo 2013. Below is the flyer that is being distributed as we speak. You can download a large print, audio MP3 or Text file version. If you would like a Braille copy please contact us.
If you have a large print copy of the flyer there is a QR code printed in the top right corner. This is the corner that has been ‘snipped’ in the flyers we are sending out to people. If you have an iPhone you can use a QR code scanning app to scan this code on your iPhone to visit the Texpo website. We will be trialling this technology further at Texpo to assist anyone with an iPhone with information and navigation. Be sure to ask about it when you come to Texpo. We also have more information about it below under the heading "Texpo QR Code Project".
When and Where? Dates for Texpo 2013
Be sure to block out the dates listed below in your calendars for Texpo 2013. Last year, Texpo attracted over 3,000 visitors across the three Vision Australia centres in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We would love to have your company!
- Coorparoo, Brisbane. 373 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo.
Friday 30 August (10am to 4pm) and Saturday 31 August (10am to 4pm).
- Kooyong, Melbourne. 454 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong.
Friday 6 September (10am to 4pm) and Saturday 7 September (10am to 4pm).
- Enfield, Sydney. 4 Mitchell Street, Enfield.
Friday 13 September (10am to 4pm) and Saturday 14 September (10am to 4pm).
What's on at Texpo this year?
Maps and guided routes for exploring Texpo are now available for download so you can prepare for your visit.
- Map of Coorparoo Texpo (PDF, 1.6MB) including layout of the Seeing Eye Dog Meet and Greet Day taking place on the Saturday, 31 August.
- Description of recommended route for exploring Coorparoo Texpo (RTF, 94KB)
- Description of recommended route for exploring Coorparoo Texpo (MP3, 6.7MB)
- Map of Kooyong Texpo (PDF, 1.6MB)
- Description of recommended route for exploring Kooyong Texpo (RTF, 97KB)
- Description of recommended route for exploring Kooyong Texpo (MP3, 6.0MB)
- Map of Enfield Texpo (PDF, 0.9MB)
- Description of recommended route for exploring Enfield Texpo (RTF, 98KB)
- Description of recommended route forexploring Enfield Texpo (MP3, 5.0MB)
The Visitor Information Pack
is also available. This is handed out to all who come to Texpo in either large print or braille formats. You can download an electronic copy from the link below.
The following presentation topics will be run each day at Texpo.
- From magnifiers to high definition: An update on low vision technologies
Magnifiers have undergone big changes over the last five years from handheld options to LCD and high definition. There are even smartphone apps that can do the same sort of thing as customised devices. This presentation outlines the different types of low vision technologies and when they may be a suitable option for someone with low vision.
This presentation goes for about 30 minutes and commences at 10:30am each day.
- Master chef tech: Solutions for creating in the kitchen!
From budding chefs to loving home cooks, this session outlines some of the nifty gadgets that can really help you out in the kitchen.
This presentation goes for about 30 minutes and commences at 11:30am each day.
- Read all about it: Australia’s largest accessible collection of online books, magazines and newspapers.
Find out about the latest developments in improving access to online books and content from Vision Australia Library Services.
This presentation goes for about 30 minutes, starting at 12:15pm each day.
- Advancements in digital access: Tablets and smartphones
Accessibility is improving in mobile devices like iPhones, Android smartphones and more and more tablets like the Microsoft Surface and Google ChromeBook. This presentation will provide an overview of these accessibility features for people who are blind or have low vision.
This presentation goes for about 45 minutes and commences at 1:00pm each day.
This is an interactive session where all of the presenters from the above presentations will be able at this end of day session to answer questions from the audience about their topics.
This session goes for about 60 minutes and commences at 2:30pm each day.
Texpo QR Code project
This year Vision Australia is trialling the use of QR codes at our Texpo events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The codes will allow people who are blind or have low vision to independently obtain detailed information about various locations, exhibitors, services and products by scanning the codes using their accessible smartphones.
The Texpo team have set up a dedicated Internet web server to support the trial of QR Codes at Texpo and have developed an iPhone app, called “VAQR”, to allow Vision Australia’s clients to participate in the trial. This free app has been written to make scanning and reading QR codes very straight forward and is available free of charge on the Apple App Store. Here is the link to download this app: https://itunes.apple.com/lk/app/vaqr/id670836885?mt=8
Alternatively you can visit the App Store and download it.
QR Code readers are also available on most other smartphones such as Android and Windows Mobile phones.
What differentiates the Texpo QR code trial from the standard usage of the codes in the wider community is the “over-sized” formatting of the codes. QR codes are normally small at around one inch square. At Texpo, the use of double-sized and A4 QR codes makes it much easier for people who are blind or have low vision to locate and scan the QR codes.
Each of the QR codes will direct iPhone to read aloud information from a dedicated webpage associated with each particular sign. This will allow each sign to be “dynamic” - allowing the Vision Australia Texpo team to update the information being displayed as often as necessary.
Updates include information about events, meetings, attractions or hazards in a particular location.
So if you have an iPhone be sure to bring it to Texpo and test this technology.
Who is exhibiting at Texpo this year?
Plus there will be a wide range of Vision Australia services on display for you to explore including Equipment Solutions, Low Vision Clinic Services, Technology and Training Services, Library Services, Children's Services, Connecting with Others, Employment Services, Seeing Eye Dogs and Orientation and Mobility Services, Vision Australia Radio and Audio Description Services.
What’s new in Equipment Solutions at Texpo this year?
Equipment Solutions brings you an exciting range of new products and Texpo specials this year.
Zoomax Aurora HD
The cheapest 24” Widescreen Desktop Video Magnifier with movable screen and high definition technology. Introductory offer: only $2,499.
Pocket LED sliding magnifier
This sturdy and compact magnifier offers 3 times magnification with an inbuilt LED light to make viewing easier. Slide the case open to expose the magnifier and automatically switch on the light. Easy slide open and close action. Designed for spot reading. Price: $20.
Meteor Vibrating Pocket Watch
You have to experience this watch to really appreciate its innovative approach for telling the time by vibration. No more reliance on tinny voices this time piece is really easy to use. Ergonomic crescent shaped pocket watch that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Be sure to ask about it. Price: $125.
Large Print/Braille Scrabble
New and improved design! This popular word game can be played by all members of the family as it comes with letter tiles that have braille labels as well as clear large print. The playing board has raised dots on the premium letter squares and raised dashes on the premium word squares. The board can be rotated to face each player in turn. Price: $70.00.
Introducing a new design. Available in either small or large, gold or chrome in colour with a leather or stylish bracelet strap. Great Value at $75.00.
Aftershokz Bluez Headphones – Bluetooth
You may be familiar with the Aftershokz Sport Headphones, now these amazing bone conducting headphones (which allows you to listen to music or a book and the environment around you) come in Bluetooth. Price: $129.
From the makers of the Snow this pocket size, lightweight 3.5” handheld video magnifier. Use it to read items such as price tags and menus when you are out and about. Price: $299
EMMA Handheld Video Magnifier
Was $165 now $99. Hurry while stocks last.
Please note these specials end on 30th September 2013.
Frequently asked questions
Download these FAQs for some helpful information about Texpo 2013.
Texpo 2012 presentations
Texpo 2012 featured presentations about two popular topics. One was about accessing e-books, the options available and how easy it is to access a wide range of audio books from Vision Australia's Online Library catalogue. The second presentation was all about apps for when you are on the go and provides an overview of a range of accessible apps for the iPhone and iPad that are fun and easy to use with VoiceOver.