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Hi! Saturday afternoon here and I can count on one hand what I have gotten done today. Exercised, fed myself,  bathed. Wow. I sat down to pay bills and got sidetracked. I know, so what else is new?

Anyway, first thing that came in the mail was my cell phone bill. It is huge! Not the charges, the print. Not sure what the story is, but Verizon is making their bills large print. The easier to see you, my dear. Good development.

The next thing I found in the mail was the visually impaired version of the Sears toy catalog.

The MaxiAids sale catalog is here! The MaxiAids catalog is here!

MaxiAids is a great source of all things adapted or modified for the handicapped. If you cannot find it at MaxiAids, good luck finding it anywhere.

Rubik’s Cube with Tactile Markings

Want to give blood and play rugby – simultaneously, of course – they have a rugby ball that emits a tone so you can find it. Want to waste a day playing Rubik’s Cube? They sell a tactile one.

MaxiAids has cooking utensils and appliances with tactile markings on the dials. They sell Ott lites and just about every type of magnifier imaginable. [Lin/Linda: also spelled magnifyer.]

Some of the things we have talked about are on sale in the MaxiAids holiday catalog. [Lin/Linda here: of course the holiday sale is over now.] ZoomText with a text to speech feature included is $300. They have handheld readers/ magnifiers starting at $300 or you could pay $1,000 for one. Up to you.

New Trekker Breeze
New Trekker Breeze

The Trekker Breeze + is on sale for $700 in the MaxiAids catalog. [Lin/Linda here: Sue wrote this last November and since then, it has been discontinued.  It is still being supported by the manufacturer.] That is $100 less than I have seen it other places. Remember the Trekker Breeze + tells you where you are and what landmarks are around you. Sort of like your basic GPS on steroids. It is what I want if I cannot get into a study and my vision seriously, as in really seriously, goes south. Put it on my future wish list.

There are also some other, extremely neat things on my future wish list. Right now they are not in the catalog. Truthfully the only people who have them now are the cool kids with rich dads but in several years, should I need them, they will be for general distribution.

The first one is the OrCam. There is an article in the October 31, 2016 Daily Mail that some of our British friends may have seen. The OrCam clips on your glasses. It can read books and menus and can even recognize the faces you have taught it.

I looked up the price and the first I found was a prelaunch estimate for the UK. That was £2,200 which translates to approximately $2750.  A price quote from 2015 said $3,500. Like I said: cool kids, rich fathers. But the prices will come down eventually. [Lin/Linda: check the current exchange rate. These are based on November 2016 rates.]

Google's Self-driving car
Google’s Self-driving car

The second one is a Google self-driving car.  I know they only go 25 miles per hour.  I know they look like something out of a cartoon. I would just like to be able to get myself around on my own again.

 

 

So, that is it for now. Get you catalogs and make your wish lists. Santa will be here before you know it!


Lin/Linda here:  I had already published this page today 3/16/2017 when I got a Facebook post from the company with this limited time offer!! It wasn’t to me personally but the timing IS interesting!   It’s for 10% off purchases of $75 or more, use VISION10 at checkout.

Next: let the good times roll

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