Tuesday, 26 February 2019

The CenturyAmazon Alexa

The CenturyAmazon Alexa enabled classically designed Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth speaker with internet radio. Integrated microphones allows hands-free voice control from across the room, even whilst music is playing.

  • 16 Watt stereo sound
  • Works with Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora (US only) Apple Music and Internet Radio
  • Multi-room functionality allows up to 8 Century speakers to be connected for distribution of music around the home
  • Utilise Amazon Alexa functionality to check news, weather, games and over 25,000 other skills
  • Control Amazon Alexa enabled smart home devices using your voice
  • Dedicated companion app for product setup and media playback, Wi-Fi network with internet access, and Amazon user account required.

Silver Surfer Radio

This new radio is to be launched at the Naidex Show on the 26th and 27th March 2019.

The Silver Surfer, a digital radio specifically designed to address the needs of older / infirm users. In precisely focusing on the individual requirements of this market, the Silver Server was created to be the first on the market to address all of the potential challenges faced by this growing section of the population when considering a radio. Working with a number of `non-negotiable` requirements - for example, genuine simplicity of use - the design team ensured the Silver Surfer delivered all the below key features:

  • Extra-Large Display: the high-contrast, jumbo size display is a welcome look for those with failing sight.
  • Simplicity: less frequently used buttons are concealed under a flap creating easy access to day-to-day functions - again, ideal for and those with failing sight, as well as those who consider themselves technophobes 
  • Talking Books: the USB playback encoder means that the listener can listen to talking books as well as their own personally compiled playlists. (can we mention RNIB here? When you say playlists, do you mean music?)
  • Talking Radio: from the moment the Silver Surfer is powered up - it runs on batteries as well as Mains - the unit delivers voice prompts to deftly guide the user through the radio`s functions.
  • Temperature Alert: a potentially invaluable feature, the Silver Surfer`s built-in system alerts the user to low temperatures, recommending them to adjust the heating.
  • Voice Memo: another crucial option, here the Silver Surfer lets the user, or perhaps a relative or carer, record messages and set times - as you would with alarm - to playback, say, a reminder to take medication.

This is by Philex Ltd - http://www.philex.com

A couple of Christian book

Here are two books that I have read.

These two books I have found very helpful in my Christian walk. So I am very happy to recommend them to you to read.

Live the let go life, by Joseph Prince.

The other book is,
Seven Decisions by Andy Andrews.

Both of these books can be bought from Kindle books or from Audible books.

Naidex 2019

Naidex 2019

Held at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham.

This is a very large show for equipment for those who are disabled or with a sensory impairment.
If you are coming by train, you need to get off at the National Exhibition centre station, Their is a bus service to take you to the Venue.

You can find out more on the Naidex website - http://www.naidex.co.uk

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Beats solo3 bluetooth headphones

I recently came across these headphones. They are wireless and use bluetooth. They fold up. You can control everything from the ear piece. You can connect to Suri as they have a microphone. They have 40 hours of battery life and can charge quickly too!

They are available from Amazon in a choice of colours.
You can check out their website here - https://www.beatsbydre.com

BrailleNote Touch 32 Plus – Braille note taker/tablet

BrailleNote Touch Plus is the most powerful and up-to-date note taker in the assistive technology industry packed with educational tools. Designed to be used in the classroom, at home or at work, the revolutionary BrailleNote Touch Plus will be your guide through your life journey!

Available in 18 cells or 32 cells.

Say hello to the most powerful note taker!
The ever-innovative BrailleNote Touch Plus combines the simplicity and accessibility of a note taker with the power and efficiency of a modern smartphone or tablet. Supported by the Android Oreo platform, it expands the entire experience and fulfills today’s digital expectations. BrailleNote Touch Plus is hands down the most up-to-date, powerful and efficient braille note taker on the market! Get the fastest and most accessible braille tablet you can ever wish for!

With its powerful, lightning fast processor, the BrailleNote Touch Plus gives you all the efficiency you need to empower your life. And since it is compatible with most third-party applications, you can download books on your BrailleNote Touch Plus and start reading in braille right away.

Never settle for less than the best!

Writing your assignments in the classroom without making any noise, downloading and reading your favorite books during your free time, watching videos on YouTube on the weekend, sending emails to your friends, sharing content to cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive…BrailleNote Touch Plus is the perfect tool to make this easy for you.
BrailleNote Touch Plus is the note taker that takes you from grade school to college graduation and beyond.
A note taker that fits your unique needs and goals!
BrailleNote Touch Plus is the most flexible note taker you can own. Create multiple language profiles and customize them with a large selection of braille codes and voices to choose from, ideal for those learning or proficient in other languages. BrailleNote Touch Plus is uniquely equipped with a touchscreen making the communication between the student and the teacher seamless.

 Use it…

…in the classroom 
Whether you are a teacher looking for an easy and interactive approach to help your students learn braille or a student who needs the most efficient tool to accomplish their everyday tasks, BrailleNote Touch Plus is designed to help you complete all class work easier and be more efficient than ever.
…or at work
BrailleNote Touch Plus is also designed to make everyday office tasks as simple and seamless as possible for you, from creating and reading professional documents and emails to browsing the web or managing your agenda.

Powered by Android and driven by KeySoft for efficiency and productivity
KeySoft is the driving force behind the BrailleNote Touch Plus, completely rewritten to accommodate a current Android operating system and provide an immersive and connected experience. BrailleNote Touch Plus enables you to efficiently embrace technology and connect with the world like never before! 

Touch Hardware

  • 18 or 32 braille cells with cursor routers

  • Speed of a modern tablet

  • Android 8.1

  • 4 GB RAM for fast and seamless multitasking

  • 64 GB internal storage, more than enough for documents and files

  • Stereo speakers

  • Internal microphone

  • Modern connectivity – WiFi 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, Bluetooth and internal GPS

  • Visual touch surface and screen

  • USB 3.0 type C

Size and Weight

  • Height: 2.06 cm (0.8”)

  • Width: 24.4 cm (9.5”)

  • Depth: 16.2 cm (6.3”)

  • Weight: 900 g (2 lbs.)

Major Capabilities

  • Snapdragon 820 (APQ8096)

  • Quad-core Kryo 2.2 GHz 64-bit CPU

  • Integrated PMIC

  • Memory, 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM POP @ 1866 MHz

  • Storage memory, 64 GB UFS 2.0

  • Wireless

  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5.0 GHz2x2 MU-MIMO

  • Bluetooth 4.2

  • Wireless interface terminated in RF connector

  • GNSS - Qualcomm IZat Gen 8C (GPS and Glonass)

  • Audio CODEC

  • Internal Omni Directional MEMS type Microphone

  • Internal stereo 1W Speakers (two speakers)

  • Audio stereo output connector for headphones or external speaker

  • Audio stereo input connector for external microphone or audio recording (line-in).

  • External SD card socket with full SDIO interface

  • 22.86 cm x 7.62 cm (9” x 3.8”) multi-touch capacitive touch screen over a 1024 x 600

  • 18 cm (7”) diagonal LCD screen

  • HDMI output (audio and video) for external display

  • 18 or 32 cells Braille display with routing cursors (1 button per cell)

  • 21MP camera with dual LED flash

  • One USB 3.0 type C port for PC connectivity, debug and battery recharge.

  • One USB 2.0 type A host port capable of supplying 500 mA

  • Access to USB 3.0 speeds

  • Integrated Battery Charger

  • Rechargeable and user-replaceable 5100 mAh Li-Ion Battery with thermistor and internal gas gauge

  • Real Time Clock with battery backup

  • Vibration device

  • Sensors

  • 3D Accelerometer

  • 3D Gyroscope

  • 3D Electronic compass

  • Special connector for external keyboard/accelerometer

  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant, 2x2 MU-MIMO capable

  • Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz (channels 1 to 13) and 5.0 GHz

  • Power requirement: +5VDC, 1.5A

  • Battery: Li-Polymer 3.7V nominal, 5100 mAh, in operation charge time of 12 hours

  • Bluetooth 4.2 (dual mode: BLE and classic)

Environmental Conditions

This product meets EMC standards of all targeted countries. EMC consists of the limitation of radiated electromagnetic emissions from the unit and immunity of the product against external electromagnetic field and electrostatic discharge.

  • Operating temperature range: +5 to +45 degrees Celsius

  • Battery charging temperature range : +5 to +35 degrees Celsius

  • Storage temperature: -20 to +70 degrees Celsius

  • Operating humidity: 5% to 90% (non-condensing)

  • Storage humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

  • Power requirement: Adaptor input ~ +5VDC, 1.5A

  • Battery: Li-Polymer 3.7V nominal, 5100 mAh

You can find them here:

The NEW Guide Connect by Dolphin for Windows

Simple Talking Technology for Sight Loss

Effortless email, entertainment and internet

Losing your sight is life changing. Technology could help you gain greater independence, but what if you don't feel confident? GuideConnect is a talking digital assistant that brings you closer to family and friends. It helps you manage your everyday life and have fun. Simple internet access makes it easy to find information, be entertained and stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the world. GuideConnect is thoughtfully designed by and for people with sight loss, enabling you to enlarge the text or have it read to you. There are straightforward menus and lots of help. GuideConnect will talk you through every step of the way - you won’t believe how easy it is to use!


  • Simple step-by-step menus help you complete every task
  • High contrast large print text, as BIG as your eyes need
  • Human sounding voices guide you every step of the way
  • Touch, remote, keyboard or mouse access
  • The simplest way to write, send and receive email
  • Compose letters and print envelopes
  • Effortlessly browse the web
  • Scan and read your print mail
  • Listen to audio books or today's newspapers
  • Maintain a calendar and receive timely reminders
  • Tune in to your favourite radio stations

Thoughtfully designed by and for people with sight loss

GuideConnect is intuitive to use, so that even if you're new to technology or lack confidence, it's easy to get started with the clear and simple menus.

  Tweak the speech and magnification to suit your visual impairment and know that GuideConnect can evolve with you if your sight changes.

  Large print that can be as big as you need, in the font and colours of your choice.

  Every option is announced with a human-sounding voice - it's like having a person guiding you every step of the way

Taken from the dolphin website - https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/products/individuals/guide-connect