Sharp Elsi Mate Calculator EL-620 Review

This vintage 1980 Sharp EL-620 Elsi Mate talking calculator speaks the numbers and math operations quite clearly for the times. Not only did it help springboard electronic speech into consumer home markets, but also ushered in the now-common LCD display.   While the EL-620 does not offer many scientific functions (SIN, COS, TAN, et al), this … Continue reading Sharp Elsi Mate Calculator EL-620 Review





Comcast Talking TV Guide Review, Xfinity X1 Service

Three cheers for the Comcast talking TV guide DVR!  They released this here in Pittsburgh on their X1 operating system in 2015.  Really good stuff. Indeed, this audible guide and menu system, on Comcast set top boxes and digital video recorders (DVRs), grants near full usability to vision impaired and blind users.  It’s like a … Continue reading Comcast Talking TV Guide Review, Xfinity X1 Service





Victor Reader Trek Picture Gallery

Here we offer our Victor Reader Trek picture gallery for this GPS navigator and eBook player from HumanWare. Victor Reader Trek Picture Gallery Original Box and Accessories Pictures   Pictures of the Front, Back, Top, and Bottom of the Trek Front panel of the Trek.  This shows the following. The Go To, Book Mark buttons. … Continue reading Victor Reader Trek Picture Gallery





ClassCo 9900CW Talking Caller Id Review

The ClassCo VoiceAnnounce 9900CW Talking Caller Id box is very helpful for blind and vision impaired users.  It extends the world of accessible, yet low cost, blind-friendly tech into the realms of phone caller Id boxes. Now, you don’t have to see well in order to know who’s ringing you before answering the call.  As … Continue reading ClassCo 9900CW Talking Caller Id Review





Setting Default Voice in Windows 8 Instructions

We often sync our iPod Nano, 4th generation with spoken menus enabled with iTunes on our computer.  But we found the Windows 8 default system voice (David in our case) not to our liking.  So, we wanted to change it before attempting another iPod sync.  The following procedure did this for us. Setting Default System … Continue reading Setting Default Voice in Windows 8 Instructions





Honeywell T87N1026 Large Number Thermostat Review

The Honeywell T87N1026 large number thermostat offers a quick and easy-to-install climate control solution. It’s also simple to learn and operate. Similar style as vintage Honeywell mercury thermostats in so many homes during the 60s and 70s.  This unit, with its better visibility and “feel-ability” is well-received by the disabled.  Those who cannot  see a … Continue reading Honeywell T87N1026 Large Number Thermostat Review





SmartWay Solutions Thermostat VIP3000 Review

The model VIP3000 talking digital thermostat from SmartWay Solutions is a full-featured 5-2 programmable thermostat. They built in high accessibility for blind users, with its clear and loud human-sounding male voice.  The VIP 300 also has a high-visibility LED-lighted display for low vision users. Not only does it speak the most often used functions. But … Continue reading SmartWay Solutions Thermostat VIP3000 Review





Victor Reader Stream New Generation Review

Humanware’s Victor Reader Stream New Generation audio book and text file reader, has some seriously extended capabilities as compared to the original Victor Reader Stream. In short, this second generation Victor Reader e reader has been Internet enabled.  Not only can it connect to the Internet via WiFi to download new firmware updates, but it  … Continue reading Victor Reader Stream New Generation Review





Radio Shack 6300452 Talking Alarm Clock Review

Bought this portable talking alarm clock, model #6300452  at that electronics store in 2012 locally.  Here, we review the Radio Shack 6300452 talking alarm clock  Although its somewhat distorted female voice could sound better, this clock gives blind and vision impaired users a convenient way to hear what the current time is. Thrilling to see … Continue reading Radio Shack 6300452 Talking Alarm Clock Review





Victor Reader Stream 303 Daisy Player Review

The very portable   Victor Reader Stream 303   eBook player from Humanware, revolutionized high performance coupled with near micro miniaturization, when released in around 2007. Victor Reader Stream 303 Summary Since then, several firmware updates have enhanced this audio book player’s stability. Now, this original version has evolved into a rock solid talking book and DAISY book player, voice recorder, that also plays … Continue reading Victor Reader Stream 303 Daisy Player Review