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TalkingTags is an audible and voice output indoor navigation and orientation aid for people who are blind or have low vision. The Talking Tags system includes a base unit worn on the wrist like a watch and a set of 40 radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. Each RFID tags can be associated with up to three pre-recorded messages that state what an item is, the item’s location, and how it is used prepared or combined with other item. When the user moves within a specified distance of the RFID tag, the base unit will speak the pre-recorded messages. All the RFID tags are reusable and can be used in a variety of environments. Ten of the tags are waterproof. The TalkingTags system also includes eight beeper tags that aid with orientation by making the base unit emit a beeping sound when the user is in close proximity. All software is pre-installed, and each user is provided with free access to the TalkingTags Database (TTDB), free on-line support and firmware updates for one year. A manual in Braille and on audio cassette and CD is provided. POWER: Battery-powered with a charging station. OPTIONS: An optional Barcode reader and barcode database is available to help transfer information referenced via an item's barcode to the TalkingTags description.
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