Tag: sight impairment

Product review: Verbalise talking watches – talking the talk, looking the look

Product review: Verbalise talking watches – talking the talk, looking the look

Ian Macrae has been looking at and listening to a couple of new additions to the range of talking watches which aim to bring a certain style. Talking watches have moved way beyond their original and most likely consumer group, namely people with impaired sight. Their presence on sites such as Amazon and in the … Continue reading Product review: Verbalise talking watches – talking the talk, looking the look

Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Providing support for a blind friend is about more than making sure he avoids obstacles, says Daniel Levene, as he prepares for the onset of his own blindness. When Wayne describes the day it's like he is describing a Rothko painting. “It's red with a thick band of yellow across the top and a thinner … Continue reading Wayne’s world: a friend and carer’s perspective

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

After years of perceived and actual decline in its usage, the arrival of a new Braille tablet together with other advances in technology could be the saviour of the reading system which, Ian Macrae argues, is fundamental to the independence of blind people. I don’t know how sighted people feel about print. I know that … Continue reading Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

AW 500 multi-alarm wristwatch from Amplicomms

AW 500 multi-alarm wristwatch from Amplicomms

A multi-alarm wristwatch designed with deaf people particularly, though not exclusively, in mind also manages to look good, says Ian Macrae As disabled people we often have to accept that, when it comes to things which are made to enable us, style is often forfeited to functional utilitarian appearance. From old-fashioned NHS wheelchairs to bathroom … Continue reading AW 500 multi-alarm wristwatch from Amplicomms

The Bradley timepiece: more than a matter of time

The Bradley timepiece: more than a matter of time

It's not every day that something comes along which challenges the conventional way of doing things. So Ian Macrae was excited to hear of a new concept in tactile watches from the United States. Indulge me in a short reminiscence. In 1973, Australian essayist, poet and song lyricist Clive James along with his musical collaborator … Continue reading The Bradley timepiece: more than a matter of time