Thursday, May 10, 2007

Talking Mobile Phones for Visually Impaired Canadians

Talking cellphone will help visually impaired and aging users ...

"Cashing in on the aging population in Canada, Rogers Wireless has launched a "talking cellphone" in the form of Nokia 6682RVI, powered by screen reading software called Nuance TALKS. This is a rather good opportunity to show compassion to the visually impaired population, highlight innovativeness, and widen subscriber base at the same time.

Selling price is $500 if without any terms but can go as low as $199.99 for a 3-year term.
Nuance TALKS essentially turns the Nokia 6682RVI handset into a "talking phone" by converting menus, instructions and content displayed on the screen into audio output through its internal speaker, or an optional wired or Bluetooth headset.

According to Statistics Canada, there are more than 600,000 Canadians living with significant vision loss. Current projections indicate that with our aging population, this number will increase dramatically over the next ten years. Nuance TALKS allows these customers to be more wirelessly connected since audible cues provide access to the services available on the phone."    (Continued via The Mobile Technology Weblog)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Nokia 6682rvi - Ergonomics

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Anonymous Carey said...

This is great news. I'm 29-years old and have been visually impaired my entire life. Technology has struggled to keep up with the demands of life. I'm glad to know that, "as I age," there will be more opportunities to adapt to society.

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