Technology and products

There’s a huge variety of products available for people with sight loss to support everyday living; from Liquid Level Indicators for pouring hot drinks safely, to high-tech equipment like the OrCam. Check out our resources below to find out what's available, how they work, and how to use them.

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OrCam

OrCam is a wearable, high-tech piece of equipment which reads text aloud instantly and recognise faces and products. We have a range of videos on its features, and you can receive one-to-one assessment and training on it from our team too.

Synapptic

Synapptic is a really easy way of navigating a smart phone or tablet and can be used by people with a visual impairment as well as people with special education needs, and we offer one-to-one assessment and training on it from our team too.

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Magnifiers

There are plenty of different magnification devices to help you to read or see, so there’s no doubt that you should be able to find one that suits you. We demonstrate a range of products available and also offer one-to-one assessments and training.

In Your Pocket

In Your Pocket is a media device and voice-activated mobile phone which includes audio books, newspapers, podcasts, weather, time and location, as well as basic phone functionality. We offer personalised assessment and training on it, as well as an in-depth video.

Mark wearing a pink Henshaws polo shirt, showing people around a table the OrCam device.

OXSIGHT

OXSIGHT glasses are designed for people with peripheral vision loss, sometimes known as tunnel vision. The glasses use intelligent image interpretation technology and algorithms to enhance and increase the quality and field of vision.

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Top 10 sight loss gadgets for under £50

Check out our top 10 everyday gadgets for under £50 and see how each piece of tech can help those with a visual impairment.

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How can you use Amazon Echo as a digital solution in day-to-day life?

Smart devices can help to make everyday living that bit easier. Mark runs us through some ways that the Amazon Echo can be used by people with sight loss and other health problems.

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Conquering digital accessibility for disabled people eBook

Our volunteer Tom takes us through his top tips for accessing and using technology that can help make life that bit easier.

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Three ways to make typing on the iPhone easier

We review three solutions to make typing on the iPhone easier: Siri and Dictation, the Bluetooth keyboard and FlickType, explaining how they work and their pros and cons.

Pressure Sentry - managing your heating

Mark introduces the Pressure Sentry – a simple alarm for your central heating.

Top Up Mate - managing your boiler

Mark introduces Top Up Mate – a great product that automatically tops up your boiler and water system.

Liquid Level Indicators

This neat little device can enable you to pour drinks (hot or cold!) safely. Mark shows us how it works.

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Talking Microwaves

Microwaves are a really useful tool for cooking, especially if you’re visually impaired, but the lack of tactile buttons can make them inaccessible to use. Mark provides two accessible solutions – one more expensive and one low cost – in our video.

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Be safe online - phishing emails

The internet is an amazing tool for those with a visual impairment but there are a host of scams out there that can threaten your security. Mark looks at phishing emails in this video and provides some top tips on how to spot them!

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Apple Pay

Robert joins us to share with Mark something he’s found really useful in his day-to-day life: Apple Pay. Apple Pay is a mobile payment method that removes the need for remembering codes, taking out cash with you, etc. so he feels safer and more independent using it. It’s accessible for people with sight loss or mobility problems too! Listen to Robert explain why he uses it in more detail.

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Braille Display and Notetaker

Did you know that there are devices that can translate digital text to braille, instantly? Alice is back to demonstrate how her Braille Display and Braille Notetaker work!

Bone Conduction Headphones

Bone Conduction headphones are headphones which allow you to hear sound through the vibration of your jaw bones and cheek bones. They’re great for people with sight loss, as it means you can still hear the world around you whilst you’re out and about, but also listen to music or navigational tools at the same time. Alice runs us through how she uses hers!

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