Voice Labeling Made Easy with Envision Eli Labels

Date Posted: 02/06/2017

by Bill Holton, AccessWorld Contributor

How many single purpose accessibility devices have you now replaced with a smartphone? For me it began with a stand-alone GPS navigation device. I now use Blindsquare, and Nearby Explorer. Next to go was my page scanner. The KNFB-Reader does most of my text recognition, and since it is an app on my smartphone it fits in the palm of my hand, to boot.

Perhaps you have Pen Friend, one of these electronic marvels produced by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), which enables visual impaired individuals to record messages onto special labels and then have the message read out whenever the Pen Friend is pointed at it. Sounds like something you’d like to have? Yes and it is available for around $150 through MaxiAids in this country. But if you own an accessible Android or Apple smartphone, you have another option.

Your smartphone can perform the same “talking label” function using a pad of Envision ELI labels and the Envision Access app, available free from either the iOS App Store or from Google Play.

The Eli labels cost $20 for a pad of one hundred. Each peel-and-stick label displays a unique QR code. Tear one off and point your smartphone’s camera at it, and a friendly Eli will prompt you to record a message, such as “Tylenol Extra Strength,” “Toy Story 3 DVD,” or “Navy blue thread .” Each time you point your smartphone toward the label, Envision Access plays your message, then offers you the opportunity to record over it. Perhaps you’re not happy with your message, or maybe you decided to store your brown rice in that canister instead of basmati. Envision Access will record messages up to a full minute long, so feel free to include cooking instructions on that label, as well as its contents.

Currently, only the standard 1.5 inch adhesive labels are available. The company plans to introduce a smaller, .5 inch size soon, along with washable, “iron on” labels you can use to describe the colors, patterns, styles, appropriate accessories, and washing instructions for various wardrobe items. Also on their soon-to-be-added list is a flashlight option so you can read labels in your closet or other dark spots without switching on a light.

For more information or to purchase Envision Eli labels, go to their website.

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