Top 10 sight loss gadgets for under £50

Technology has opened the door to many people with a visual impairment to do things that they may have never imagined they could. While tech is often a fantastic tool for people with sight loss, it is also true that a lot of tech is rather expensive. But fear not... Henshaws is here with our top 10 everyday gadgets for under £50 to give you some affordable technology choices!

Document Holder

Price: Under £15

Features: Simple and easy to use table top document holders allow for hands free reading. They are ideal for holding letters or other text still whilst you read!

Buy it here: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fellowes-21106-Copyholder-Workstation-Black/dp/B00004Z5QZ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1505901203&sr=8-2&keywords=document+holder+stand

 

document holder

Portable LED Light

Price: Under £15

Features: You can use this lightweight, easy to move Portable LED Light to ensure that you have perfect lighting wherever you are! A cheap gadget perfect for desks, reading and much more!

Buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hemara-Eye-Care-Dimmable-Portable-Reading/dp/B01KHPNXO2/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1505901534&sr=8-12&keywords=portable+led+light

portable-led-light

Double Ended Clamp

Price: Under £20

Features: Stay hands free – clip one end to the table and the other can hold your magnifier, smartphone or mirror! Angle your device to the perfect position using this Double Ended Clamp.

Buy it here: 

http://www.icswretail.co.uk/Daylight-Double-Ended-Flexi-Clamp

double-ended-clamp

Dictaphone

Price: Under £20

Features: A fantastic gadget for those with a visual impairment where written out lists and reminders aren’t accessible. A Dictaphone allows you to record reminders, shopping lists, instructions and more on the go with the press of the button.

Buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=dictaphone&rh=n%3A560798%2Ck%3Adictaphone

dictaphone

Tablet/Smartphone Stand

Price: Under £20

Features: Use this easy to adjust Tablet/Smartphone Stand to mount your smartphone or tablet whilst watching videos, managing emails or scanning text using KNFB. Totally free your hands and make using your tablet or smartphone simple and enjoyable.

Buy it here: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ieGeek-Foldable-Bedside-Countertop-Bathroom-Silver/dp/B01M9AYKTN/ref=sr_1_22?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1505904048&sr=1-22&keywords=tablet+stand

Bone Conduction Headphones

Price: £30 – £50

Features: Listen to music, audiobooks or your phone calls whilst still be able to hear what’s going on around you

Buy it here: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=sr_nr_p_36_1?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A560798%2Ck%3ABone+Conduction+Headphones%2Cp_36%3A138894031&keywords=Bone+Conduction+Headphones&ie=UTF8&qid=1505904234&rnid=389035011

HD Smartphone Lens

Price: Under £30

Features: Use your phone camera as a magnifier to read labels or product information whilst shopping! The HD Smartphone Lens allows you to quickly and easily make most pieces of text accessible.

Buy it here:

https://www.opensky.com/vistashops/product/telephoto-clear-image-lens-zooms-8x-larger-for-any-smart-phone-or-tablet-camera

Bluetooth Speaker

Price: Under £30

Features: Listen to music, audiobooks and more wherever you are with this cheap, portable and sleek Bluetooth Speaker. Compatible with any device with Bluetooth features, these speakers are perfect for taking your music wherever you go

Buy it here: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-Portable-Wireless-Bluetooth-Microphone-Black/dp/B00GZC35YK/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1505905691&sr=1-10&keywords=bluetooth+speaker&refinements=p_36%3A138894031%2Cp_89%3AAnker

bluetooth-speaker

Bluetooth Keyboard

Price: Under £35

Features: Type your emails and text messages with speed using a separate Bluetooth keyboard. This gadget allows you to use the keyboard in a position that suits you and doesn’t constrain you to working close to a computer

Buy it here: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-Wireless-Keyboard-Windows-Android/dp/B00XJ3LVPI/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1505910216&sr=1-3&keywords=bluetooth+keyboard&refinements=p_89%3ALogitech

Battery Pack

Price: Under £10

Features: Never run out of power again by having a charging device with you at all times

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_p_36_0?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A560798%2Ck%3Aportable+charger%2Cp_36%3A138893031&keywords=portable+charger&ie=UTF8&qid=1505910328&rnid=389035011

battery-pack

If you would like to keep up with the latest tips and news, our monthly Tech Talk groups are the perfect opportunity to discuss all things technology! We meet every month to discuss all the new advancements in assistive technology, tech-related news and tips, and cover everything from apps to audio equipment.

All skill and knowledge levels are more than welcome – we have a friendly group of mixed abilities, with both those who are eager to learn and those who’d like to pass on their expertise.

Tech Talk runs in Bolton, Oldham, Tameside and Trafford. You may also be able to take part remotely.  Call us on 0300 222 5555 for more details.

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Carrie
Carrie
Carrie is Henshaws' Rehabilitation Officer, specialising in digital technology. She offers a range of digital support including one-to-one assessments and training with devices such as the OrCam, and she also runs the Manchester Tech Talk groups.