RealSAM is a handheld talking device that will read your newspapers, books, podcasts of your favourite shows, and even tell you the weather, the time, or your location. It is incredibly simple to use and will amaze many people.

 

Why will it amaze?

Because to get RealSAM to work for you, all you have to do is talk to it; you just speak in your normal voice and ask for what you want. For example, you can say “read me the ABC news” and RealSAM will read out the latest headlines and stories from the ABC. RealSAM can read to you while lying in bed, walking in the park, on the train, or anywhere you wish.

Image of a hand holding the RealSAM deivce

Image of a hand holding the RealSAM deivce

 

There is only one button and no computer involved, and you can use it anywhere in Australia that is covered by the Optus network. RealSAM grabs articles from the ABC News feed every five minutes, so you can stay on top of the latest stories as they happen.

 

Using RealSAM you can access a wide range of newspapers provided by the Vision Australia Library such as The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Financial Review, The Australian, The Courier Mail, The Herald Sun, and The Advertiser. You need to be a member of the Vision Australia Library service in order to access their newspaper content (it’s free to join!).

 

In addition, RealSAM can access on-line book libraries like Project Gutenberg (30,000 books) and Bookshare (150,000 books). RealSAM will go to these libraries and find the books that you ask for, store them, and read them back to you whenever and wherever you want.

 

RealSAM can also tell you the time, date and the weather forecast for your current location, or any city around the world. You can also ask about your current location. Just ask, “Where am I?”, and RealSAM responds with a street address and the nearest cross street. Then you can say, “What’s around here?” for RealSAM to tell you about the points of interest nearby.

 

RealSAM allows you to listen to a huge range of radio program podcasts from around the world. New features are being added all the time, and RealSAM will automatically update itself without you having to do a thing.

 

RealSAM is specifically designed for people who are blind, have low vision or a print disability. It is incredibly easy to use and only costs $439 plus a small monthly subscription (cheaper than buying the paper each day!)

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