There are many gadgets available through vision Australia to help the vision impaired function with every day tasks.
I have used the following:
- The liquid sensor: this gadget is used to detect when a glass or a mug is full. I used this when I first got out of surgery as I was unable to tell how full the cup was. However, since the swelling has gone down I rarely use it.
- The barcode scanner: this scanner will scan the barcode of most products. It will scan food, toiletries, and many other things. I use the scanner on recipes in my recipe book. I get a friend to record the recipe into the speaker and it will then read it out to me. If a product is not listed you can record the product. I also used it to scan packets of food when I got out of surgery. However since the vision has improved slightly, I no longer need it for scanning food.
- The talking watch: this is used to tell the time. I used it when I didn’t have my iPhone and iPad. It was useful to check the time when I was feeding archer during the night. I just use my phone or iPad to tell the time now.
- Talking kitchen scales: I use these all the time in the kitchen to weigh food. They are very useful.
- Binoculars: these are on loan from vision Australia. I use them to read Archer his books. I tend to use the magnifying app on my phone a lot more now.
- Talking baby thermometer: I use this to check Archer’s temperature if he is not feeling well.
There are many other gadgets on the vision Australia online store. You can check it out here.