I’ve repeatedly asked my mom if the Texas Blind Services has recommendations on cell phones. It seems like some technologies have passed them by. The cell phone I picked out before she went to school worked out great. She was definitely able to use it, even better than Grandma uses her cell phone. It’s a voice command phone designed to be operated handsfree by the business professional.
School introduced her to MP3s, but again they had not recommendation for a player for the blind. I was very pleased to see that Apple introduced a new iPod Shuffle yesterday. The Shuffle is Apple’s low end iPod. It has buttons and no screen. I think they have kept the size limited to 2 gig, because more songs are not manageable without a screen to display playlists.
Yesterday’s shuffle is 4 gig and introduces a new voice interface and drastically fewer buttons to deal with the increased capacity. The headset has next/previous buttons and the power switch has three positions; on, in order, and shuffle. It’s also smaller; the size of a regular house key in size and thickness.
Seems pretty good for $80. If it works for Mom it would be worth quite a bit more.