ClassCo InTouch 5000 Talking Caller Id Box Review

The ClassCo InTouch 5000 talking caller Id box extends the accessible yet low cost, blind-friendly tech into caller Id boxes. Now, you need not see well just to know who’s ringing you before answering.  As each call arrives, this box reads the incoming number in a clear, male voice.  You can also assign a category … Continue reading ClassCo InTouch 5000 Talking Caller Id Box Review





Setting Windows 10 Voice, Text to Speech

Some Windows 10 programs, such as Apple’s iTunes app, rely on the Windows 10 default system voice when applying voice clips to older iPod Nanos.  You can change the text to speech voice that iTunes and apps like it use in Windows 10 by following the procedure below. As with prior Windows versions, text to … Continue reading Setting Windows 10 Voice, Text to Speech





SBC Talking Caller Id Box Review, Model 9900CW

The SBC VoiceAnnounce 9900CW Talking Caller Id box extends the world of accessible, yet affordable, blind-friendly technology into the realms of telephone caller Id boxes. With this one, you seeing well is unnecessary in order to know who’s ringing you before actually picking up the call. As each call comes in, just after the first ring, the … Continue reading SBC Talking Caller Id Box Review, Model 9900CW





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