Monday, April 27, 2015

Tech Sale!

Every visually impaired person could benefit from some technology in their life to help with everyday tasks such as reading, going to the supermarket or seeing the items on the menu at the restaurant, but the cost of technology can often be prohibitive. If you have found this to be the case in your life, the tech sale might just be the thing for you!

At the moment we have reduced the price of a number of exciting electronic magnifiers and read aloud devices and have some unbelievable deals. They are going fast so be quick if you want to see what we have to offer, and visit our tech sale page here! Keep looking regularly as new products will be updated as and when we have them. 

http://chicagolighthouse.3dcartstores.com/TECH-SALE_c_124.html






Thursday, April 16, 2015

Good News, TV Fans!

As some of you may be aware, TV has just got better for thousands of people with the introduction of audio description by Netflix on 'select titles' including its new hit show 'Daredevil', the critically acclaimed 'House of Cards' and 'Orange is the New Black', and Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ and the epic adventure series ‘Marco Polo.’

This will be followed up by audio description being made available on many more of the TV shows and movies available on Netflix, making potentially thousands of shows more accessible for people all over the world. 

This move by Netflix comes at a time when it was receiving increasing pressure to make its content more accessible from groups such as the Netflix Accessibility Project (netflixproject.wordpress.com). Previously Netflix had stated that it was the studios responsibility, and not theirs, to supply this content, but this has now all changed. A large part of the reason for the change in mind no doubt was the irony caused by its new show 'Daredevil' being about a blind lawyer with superpowers, but not being accessible to people who are blind!

Whatever the reasons, we applaud Netflix for being 'daredevils' in taking the right steps to increase accessibility to its shows, and we know many people will get a great deal of pleasure from it. 




Spring is finally here, and with it comes The Butterfly.....

The market for small portable electronic magnifiers has just got better with the introduction of a new device - The Butterfly from Zoomax. Zoomax has already impressed us with it's Snow and Snow 7 HD  handheld electronic magnifiers, and the Butterfly continues their impressive track record.



Smaller than either of the Snow's, the Butterfly features a 3.5 inch screen and weighs only 4.2 ounces making it ideal for taking around in a pocket or a purse. The magnifier also boasts 1.5x - 15x magnification and 5 different color modes.

The magnifier also has a fold out stand shaped like butterfly wings so yo can rest it on whatever you are reading without having to hold it up.

We love this magnifier as it is simple to use and really portable. Zoomax has a history of making great electronic magnifiers, and this is certainly no exception! At $299 we think this is great value for money and an essential tool. Call 312-997-3649 for more information!



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tune in to Tunity

The Tunity app is a great new resource that is proving to be very popular, and even better it's free! But what is it, I hear you say? Tunity is an app that lets you stream audio from your favorite TV Channels through your phone. What's the point of this, I hear you say?! Imagine you are in a noisy sports bar and want to listen to the game they are showing on the TV - just start up the app and listen from your phone! Or imagine you are in the waiting room at the airport and want to listen to the TV's they always have playing but muted - start up the app and enjoy!

We think this is really good option for people with a visual impairment as it would allow them to listen to television channels in situations where they may not be able to see the television. Peter Tucic, my esteemed colleague, used the app at a bar over the weekend and said it worked great!

In order to start streaming the audio from the television simply point the phone at the television and take a picture of the screen. Once done, the audio will start playing through your phone. From the website (http://www.tunityapp.com/)


What is Tunity?
Tunity allows you to scan a muted Live TV and get the audio streamed directly to your phone.

What do I do?
Simply scan any Live TV for one second and the app will identify the channel and stream the synchronized audio.

Where can I use it?
It's perfect to use at a sports bar, gym, airport, waiting room, and even at home.

Does it work for every channel?
Currently the app supports 48 channels (Tap “Supported Channels“ on the Settings page for an up-to-date list.)

The app is free on iOS and Android so why not give it a try!