Category Archives: Technology

TVonics Talking Digital TV Recorder

TVonics, a British manufacturer of Freeview set top boxes, and Ivona, a text-to-speech developer, have worked in collaboration with RNIB to launch this fully accessible Freeview+ digital TV HD recorder usable by blind and partially sighted people.

Product details

  • built-in talking Ivona voice reads on-screen information
  • fully customisable settings with a choice of six colour schemes
  • easy-to-use menus and programme guide
  • record two channels at the same time
  • record up to 175 hours on the 500 gigabyte hard disk. This maximum recording capacity is dependent on the definition and type of programmes you record
  • well laid out remote control with raised buttons and dedicated audio description button
  • watch and record programmes with audio description (AD) sound track
  • ability to watch in High Definition and listen with Dolby Digital Surround Sound (dependent on your TV)
  • easy to set up with your existing TV with the supplied HDMI cable
  • also supplied with RF cable, power cable and remote control with two AAA batteries.

“Lorm” Glove allows deaf-blind people to text with their thumbs

Lorm glove Lorm Glove Allows Deaf Blind People to Text With Their Thumbs (And Fingers and Palms Too)For people who are both deaf and blind, communicating with other people can pose an interesting challenge. Usually, this is done using tactile methods, such as signing onto the palm of another person’s hand. But what happens if a blind and deaf person needs to communicate with someone that’s not immediately next to them, or they want to utilize technologies such as text messaging and email?

The Design Research Lab in Germany has developed the Mobile Lorm Glove, a special glove that will help facilitate high-tech communication for deaf-blind people. The concept is simple, yet effective: the palm of the glove is covered with tactile pressure sensors in which the user composes a message using the Lorm Deafblind Manual Alphabet, a universal language for the deaf-blind that involves touching and sweeping various parts of the hand to correspond with letters of the alphabet. As the message is composed, a built-in Bluetooth antenna sends the message to the user’s phone, from where it can be sent to a recipient in the usual ways.

However, since communication should be a two-way street, the Mobile Lorm Glove can also receive messages via Bluetooth, which are sent to a number of vibration motors on the back of the glove for the user to decode using the Lorm alphabet. In this manner, users can communicate with other Mobile Lorm Glove users, as well as anyone else with a phone. Besides being a communication device, the Mobile Lorm Glove could also change the ways that deaf-blind people can learn, as any digital medium, such as e-books or audiobooks, can be “felt” by the user.

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Wireless For The Blind: Internet Radio’s

The charity “Internet Audio Service for Blind People” (IASFB) has been set
up to ensure that all blind people are aware of the benefits and
availability of the Sonata radio. The charity can provide Sonata radios on
free loan to Rehab Officers in Social Services so that they can demonstrate
the benefits of the radio to blind people who are applying for registration.
If you know of a Rehab Officer who would be interested in taking advantage
of this scheme please let me know their contact details by emailing me
direct at or through the website
(Offer applies to English counties only since grant was made by English
Lottery Board)