Unique remote control gives blind & low vision readers access to 100,000s of talking books
British assistive technology innovators Dolphin Computer Access this week launched GuideReader, offering blind and partially sighted Americans a new, effortless way to find and read accessible books and newspapers. GuideReader connects to a TV and is specially designed for low vision and blind seniors to read their favorite books and newspapers in the same way they watch their favorite TV programs.
GuideReader includes a remote control which readers can use to navigate GuideReader’s simple menus. Browse for a new title, download a book, start reading, adjust the book’s volume and jump to a specific chapter, all effortlessly achieved with a remote control.
With 100,000s of accessible books instantly available and the readers’ preferred daily newspapers delivered direct to their TV, GuideReader offers a rich but instantly familiar experience. US residents can login to popular accessible book and newspaper libraries, including NLS BARD, Bookshare® and NFB NEWSLINE®, and GuideReader ‘guides’ you through simple steps to browse, select and download a new bestseller or an old classic.
Noel Duffy, CEO at Dolphin Computer Access, explains who GuideReader was designed for.
“There are more than 3 million Americans aged 65 and over living with a visual disability. Preferred mainstream ebook readers like Kindle restrict the size of text and don’t allow you to adjust text colors or contrast. For many seniors with low vision, this makes them unusable.”
“Reading apps aren’t ideal for this same group because they need to be accompanied by quite complex screen readers. GuideReader is different. It’s designed to be an extension of people’s existing TV experience, right down to simple menus navigated by a simple remote control.”
GuideReader is exclusively available through assistive technology experts and GuideReader master distributor, Irie-AT, and their 60+ dealers across the United States.