A new personal assistant powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) has launched to deliver news and entertainment content to blind and visually impaired people.
Developed by RealSam, the Smart Speaker solution will provide news updates, over 27,000 books, the latest official coronavirus information podcasts and information from sight loss charities on one platform.
The solution was trialled ahead of the launch by members of the blind community. One member who is registered blind, Roger Wilson-Hinds, commented: “The RealSAM Speaker is the companion in the home that blind people need. And to be able to access specialist information from sight loss organisations really is the icing on the cake’’.
The RealSAM Smart Speaker is a voice-controlled media player tool that, once subscribed to, is available to use on an existing Google Home device from today onwards, and on an existing Alexa device from May 2021.
Calibre Audio – the national charity providing an audiobook service for anyone with a disability that makes reading print difficult – will be accessible via RealSAM, making it the UK’s first audiobook library for blind people on smart speakers.
Commenting on the new service, Louise Humphreys, UK Country Manager for RealSAM said: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome so many of the country’s leading sight loss organisations to our platform and assist in making their information more accessible to blind people. We developed this service in response to feedback from our partners and customers and hope our dedicated hub will reduce some of the complexity in accessing information for people with sight loss.”