Braille Monitor                         May 2021

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Independence Market Corner

by Ellen Ringlein

As a service to our members and the general public, the National Federation of the Blind operates a blindness products store known as the Independence Market, which sells mostly low-tech items, designed to enhance the everyday independence of blind individuals. We will be highlighting a different product every month and listing sale products from time to time.

Micro-Speak Talking Digital Voice Recorder (8 Gig): $60.00
A portable voice recorder is a useful tool for managing information on the go, especially for those who are no longer able to read print or are not yet able to use Braille. This easy-to-operate, palm-sized, voice recorder can record up to ninety-six hours. Features include record, playback, rewind and fast-forward within a recording, navigation to previous and next recordings, and volume control. It has both a speaker and a headphone jack, but earphones are not included. An audio recording of the user manual is ready to play when the unit is turned on for the first time. The status of the internal rechargeable battery is spoken each time the recorder is powered up. The device is charged via USB, and this same port can be used to transfer files.

Wilson Digital Voice Recorder (Version 8): $42.00
If you are looking for a simple digital voice recorder, this product may be for you. The recorder features easy three-button operation: record, play/pause/stop, and delete, and has relatively large buttons with beep tones for audio feedback. Now the recorder can announce the number of messages on the unit and users can move through the message list forward from the first message or backward from the current message. The unit can record either six hours in standard mode or twelve hours in long play mode. The recorder features a 2.5 mm headphone jack, and a single ear bud is included. The device uses two AAA batteries (included).

The following items are close-out specials, and the prices have been reduced:

For more information about the products available from the Independence Market, contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2216, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern time. Our staff will be happy to assist.

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