What Color is Your Pair of Shoes? A Review of Two Color IdentifiersBy Kendrick, Deborah; Access World, Vol. 5, No. 3
Publication Date: May 2004
Article evaluates three color identifiers for people who are blind, have low vision, or are color blind: (1) the ColorTest Memo from Caretec, (2) the Color Teller, from Brytech, and (3) the Speechmaster Colour Detector, from Cobolt Systems. The ColorTest Memo identifies over 1,000 nuances of color in a clear, female voice. The product is available in German, French, English, Hebrew, and more. In addition to identifying colors, the ColorTest Memo announces the time, date, and temperature. The device can also serve as a calendar, timer, and stopwatch, and can be used to record personal memos. The Color Teller, in contrast, is designed solely to identify colors. The device has three voices in English, Spanish, and French, respectively. The author contends that the pronunciation of each is extremely intelligible. The Speechmaster Colour Detector acts as both a color identifier and a light probe. The device has three volume settings, and is available in many different languages, including English, Swedish, Italian, and French. The author was unimpressed with the device’s overall shape, which was found to be somewhat awkward to handle. Each of the color identifiers evaluated in the article was found to have unique features, and each proved beyond a reasonable doubt to be useful for someone who is blind, color-blind, or has low vision.
Assistive Products Discussed: TALKING COLOUR DETECTOR
TALKING COLORTEST 2000 MEMO
Published by: AFB Press (Website:http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=46)
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) (Web Site: http://www.afb.org )
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