Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My cell phone and I

I don’t think that I am any different when it comes to my attachment to my cell phone. Whereas the mainstream person uses their cell phone for so many things such as: making and receiving calls, texting, taking pictures, playing games, and surfing the net, I use it in just two very simple ways. I use it to make calls and to read my mail.

Yes, you heard me right! Mine is a talking cell. It is equipped with software that produces voice output. When I press a key, it is identified through speech. All of the menus are accessible to me through voice output and I can access my address book and make calls being prompted by voice output as I go along.

The wondrous part of my beloved cell phone is that it is equipped with a piece of software called Talks and this software enables me to read my mail. Talks is good for reading such things as mail, labels, and anything that is short in length. The voice is very clear and I do not have any difficulty understanding the output. My cell phone has a camera that snaps the content of the page or outside of an envelope and then it reads it back to me through its voice output.

The trick of the trade here is to ensure that my camera is properly positioned over the text so that when the picture is taken, it is taken properly and accordingly the text is identifiable. It is really not too hard to learn how to do this.

So there you have it. My beloved cell phone and you can learn more about talking cell phones by visiting www.nfb.org.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to go out there and tell others about my talking cell phone.

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