A range of scanning technology is now available to enable people who are blind or have low vision to easily identify items and products around them. Of course, there is always the option of using braille, bumpy stickers or Velcro, but these newer technologies offer more possibilities that improve independence.
Touch Memo and PENFriend
The Touch Memo and PENfriend are lower cost alternatives to the talking bar code scanner that use optical technology to store recorded information onto a small sticky label ranging from the size of about a 5 cent to a 20 cent piece.
Unlike the Idmate talking bar code scanner, the Touch Memo and PENfriend rely on you recording the information in the first instance and only one message can be recorded per label. It stores up to 70 hours’ worth of information in total.
For more information, visit the online shop.
Apps for scanning products
There are a number of apps that you can download if you have an iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch. Some of these apps are a bit hit and miss. Some are not accessible and some are not developed for the Australian market and so there are likely to be inaccuracies with the information provided.
For a list of these, visit the Adaptive Technology Podcasts page