Didn't get what you wanted in your Christmas Stocking?
We know how it feels ... the Holiday season is over and you're warm and comfortable in your new fuzzy Christmas socks and robe, but still perhaps a bit disappointed that you didn't get everything you wanted in your stocking.
We've compiled a list of ten amazing Assistive Technology devices that were among the bestsellers of 2018 and that are sure to do the same in 2019 just for you. So if you've got those post-Holiday blues, get up off that chair, put down the novelty mug full of chai spice tea that your grandma got you, and treat yourself!
The Pebble HD magnifies from 1.25x to 20x and folds so that it can easily fit in a pocket or a purse. 28 color modes ensures that it will work for almost any eye condition and it even has the ability to take a freeze frame of any magnified image that can be saved and examined later.
Its rechargeable battery offers up 3 hours of continuous use, and as it only weighs a paltry 7 oz, it’s a perfect portable solution! Great to take shopping, or anywhere where you may need a little magnification in your life, it gives that loved one in your life a solution no matter where they are.
Sunu Band compliments your cane, guide dog or low vision and you are able to explore and navigate unfamiliar places with Sunu Band’s haptic compass, place finder/explorer, and GPS navigation app.
The Dot Watch acts as bridge for the visually impaired with a cost-effective, easy-to-carry, braille device that uses multi-active actuator technique. Not only can this Braille watch tell the time, it also connects to any smartphone and can offer up text notifications, caller id, or even calendar reminders. Like any other Smart Watch, the Dot Watch has a rechargeable battery, touch sensor, vibration motor and Bluetooth. Very practical and easy to use!
The Victor Reader Trek will use GPS to verbally announce the name of streets, intersections, and landmarks so you always know where you’re going, whether you’re on foot or in a vehicle. With the press of the online button you can toggle between the always-on Orientation guidance mode and offline or online book reading. The Victor Reader Trek is also Bluetooth enabled for Bluetooth headsets, which can then be used with control keys to modify the volume or perform commands related to book playback.
The Victor Reader Trek will get you to your destination and then give you hundreds of hours of entertainment with DAISY talking books, all in one convenient device.
The QBraille XL differentiates itself from other Braille Displays by offering up a hybrid keyboard, a mixture of Braille style keys surrounded by standard QWERTY modifier and function keys in their typical positions. This simple design innovation enables this display to be more versatile than most others on the market, offering traditional Braille Terminal mode, Keyboard Mode, or Hybrid mode for screen reader operation, standard keyboard connectivity, or screen reader output with standard keyboard input.
Add onto this all the features of conventional HIMS braille products, and you have in hand one of the most innovative Braille devices of 2018!
- Phone, iPad and iPod Touch (iOS devices with Switch Control)
- Mac Computers (macOS with Switch Control)
- Apple TV (tvOS with Switch Control)
- Android devices (with Switch Access, we recommend Pixel devices)
- Samsung devices (with Universal Switch)
- Windows computers (compatible scanning software required)
- Tecla-e can even control Internet-enabled appliances via its WiFi connection through smart home platforms and services and currently supports devices through IFTTT, devices controlled by Logitech’s Harmony Hub, and integrates with Amazon Alexa's voice assistant service.
TAP connects to any smart device and purports to be able to be used on most any surface. TAP could be an especially useful input for those people on the go for who accessing a screen reader or onscreen keyboard burdensome.
Aftershokz come in several different models: there's wired and wireless, with microphones or without, a myriad of different colors, and even a smaller version that is a perfect fit for kids!
The Aira service has several different subscription plans give users a certain amount of minutes of service, so you have plenty of flexibility when it comes to choosing what would work best for you or your loved one. A great choice for any visually impaired user!