Blind and visually impaired people across the UK can now access the RealSam Smart Speaker via their Amazon Alexa device.
The RealSam digital hub provides visually impaired people with access to information and entertainment with the aim of supporting their independence and everyday enjoyment.
Subscribers will benefit from an AI assistant that guides people through its library of content.
Users will also gain access to the dedicated hub for blind and visually impaired people, providing them with over 27,000 books, newspapers, podcasts, radio stations and more content from Calibre Audio – a national charity that lends audiobooks to anyone who is print disabled.
Chloe Tear, a disability writer in the UK, commented: “It’s a great lifeline, especially when adjusting to assistive technology or wanting to get the latest information from sight loss charities. I love the navigation on RealSAM.
“Another great feature is the ability to give more than one command at once.
“Previously on smart speakers, you would have to ask one thing at a time. I believe this feature will allow visually impaired people to access information at a quicker speed.
“Not only is this great in general, it puts us more on par with reading speed. Therefore, if audio is your preferred method of accessing things, you’re on to a winner with RealSAM.”