Menus That Speak Out Aid Sight-Impaired DinersBy Joseph, Scott; Orlando Sentinel,
Publication Date: January 4, 2008
Article describes Menus That Talk, an electronic device for restaurants that features their bill of fare recorded on a chip. About the size of a hardcover book, Menus That Talk has 15 buttons that can be designated to various subsets of the menu. Pressing a button will first announce a category; pressing it again will describe the dishes within the category and their prices. The talking menu has a detachable earphone, allowing the user to listen in private. Lights on the sides of the unit flash to alert wait staff when the guest is ready to order. Menus That Talk can be programmed using customized voices; there is also a button to switch the unit to a second language. The device was conceived by two vision-impaired Florida women when wait staff in a restaurant was too busy to read them the menu.
Assistive Products Discussed: MENUS THAT TALK
Published by: Tribune Company (Website:http://www.tribune.com/)
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