Hi, my name is Jerry Lefler. I have been a reporter since 1974, having covered just about every kind of deposition there is, as well as founding Realtime Captioning, Inc., in the early '90s, captioning everything from the local Los Angeles news to the Olympics.
In 1983, ready to quit reporting if I couldn't find a better way, I wrote the Digitext Theory of Writing and designed the patented translation logic that goes along with the theory, allowing a trained writer to write virtually any word in any language, with no dictionary updating! At the same time, I created the first fully electronic hall-effect stenograph keyboard, which was also patented in 1985.
Unfortunately, back in 1985 the industry wasn't ready to hear what we were telling anyone that would listen was the future of our livelihood -- REALTIME REPORTING. It has taken 25 years, but it is now pretty well understood and accepted that what we were saying in 1985 couldn't have been more true.
Jump forward to 2010, and the competition has finally seen the light. Stenograph introduced their first fully electronic system and hall-effect keyboard, The Diamante, as well as ProCat and a couple other vendors represented at the 2011 Convention. It only took them 25 years, but they have finally introduced a hall-effect keyboard of their own. The only problem is, they still require proprietary scaled-down software that has limited functionality, a mulititude of cords and plugs, external microphones, and have no built-in keyboards for editing, leaving you with limited editing capabilities on the writers themselves.
That's why I have designed theEDGE, the first fully-contained, Windows-capable system that marries the same hall-effect keyboard I designed 25 years ago with today's technology: Compact
and powerful netbook and tablet computers that are transforming the computer world. By marrying the two, you can now take advantage of the full
CAT translation software that you are familiar with, not some scaled-down version that limits your productivity and capabilities ... without all the messy wires, cabling and separate