In the good old days, everyone, including visually impaired people, would have probably controlled their heating and hot water systems using a mechanical timer many of which were adapted or modified by RNIB, by way of adding tactile markings which could be used by blind and partially sighted people to set the on and off markers.
RNIB Overdrive is a simple, personal and portable digital audio library service, which lets you download and listen to Talking Books, Talking Magazines and Podcasts on your computer, smartphone or tablet.
The easy to use app allows blind or print-disabled users to scan and read a variety of documents on their iPhone 5 or later, running iOS 7 or iOS 8.
A round-up of features from Apple iOS8 including Siri, typing prediction and auto-correction, on-screen braille input, audio ducking, and more.
Fitbit is a combination of app and products that connect to your phone via Bluetooth. The Fitbit app keeps track of how far you walk, how much exercise you take and how much you sleep. Some of the Fitbit functionality is available without buying the add-ons.
The RNIB Navigator app developed in conjunction with Sendero is a simple and accessible door to door GPS navigation app for the iPhone. In addition to being able to plan a route from your current location to any one of thousands of points of interests and millions of addresses nationwide, the app lets you explore the world around you through its look around wand function and gives you verbose information on route about junctions, road crossings and other important geographical landmarks on your route.
BBC iPlayer for Android and iOS devices now has an audio description button. This review looks at the BBCiPlayer on mobile phone browsers (not apps).
Disability Rights UK is the online home of the equality campaigning charity. Organised, staffed and managed by people with a variety of disabilities and health conditions themselves, it aims to ensure people with disabilities have ownership of their own lives, with access to an independent living lifestyle.
Using headphones to listen to music as a blind or partially sighted person can really cut you off from the outside world. While this might be exactly the effect you were hoping for on occasion, it’s also likely there are times when you’d still like to be aware of what’s going on around you.
BBC iPlayer is an on -demand service provided by the BBC. The platform enables users to search, browse, stream, download and share programmes broadcast on all BBC television and radio stations from the past 7 days.