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Player gives blind users sound in their pocket

RNIB has introduced a voice controlled device called In Your Pocket for reading out-loud pre-recorded publications.

Books, newspapers and magazines are downloaded via the internet to subscribers who pay a monthly fee for the service.
 
The subscription includes access to 25,000 talking books in the RNIB Library and a RNIB service called Newsagent which offers access to national newspapers and magazines.
 
In Your Pocket subscribers can also access podcasts from the BBC and other sources including weather and location information.
 
The interactive software enables blind and partially sighted people to access material while at home or on the move. 
 
The service costs £20 a month on a 24 month contract and provides a 3GB monthly data allowance and access to Wi-Fi.
 
Based on a stand-alone Samsung media player, In Your Pocket connects to the O2 mobile network to download material. Interactive speech is provided by RealSAM software.
 
Steve Tyler, Head of Strategy and Accessibility at RNIB, said: “We know that blind and partially sighted people want access to books, magazines and newspapers at the same time as their peers.
 
“With RNIB In Your Pocket, titles are available online, on demand. There’s no waiting for titles to be loaded onto USB, no waiting for the postman; just say ‘read me the Guardian’ and the media player will happily oblige and keep you up to date.”
 
Call 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk for further information on In Your Pocket or visit www.rnib.org.uk/reading-choices to find out more about the titles available.


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