Long-time visually impaired people are likely to have many talking devices. Some of these items are no longer sold new but may be found on eBay, Blind Bargains or elsewhere. If there is a link, you can probably still purchase the item. We will not list kitchen and other items found in the mainstream market. Even if the model we mention has been replaced, this resource list should point you in the right direction.
12-foot Starrett precision tape. This has a 6-inch tactile piece and periodic dots on the tape itself.
One foot aluminum measuring stick
ProLevel Home Contractor; has an audible mode.
American Foundation for the Blind, (AFB), has many tools, kitchen appliances, and games that have been modified for use by persons who are blind or have low vision. AFB carries many specialized devices such as talking blood pressure monitors. They also run Career Connect for job searches and employment development, and publish Accessible World which reviews assistive technology and general market devices.
As of this writing, the inexpensive talking microwaves cannot be found, but one might come on the market again. Otherwise, there is a fully talking Microwave from Cobalt in the UK. This comes only with 220V British plug and wiring.
li>The highly accessible Elecraft ham radio is the KX3. It’s QRP (12 Watts) but has an optional 100 Watt amp. Their larger K3 is also very accessible but requires their K3 Voice software that runs on a connected PC. The KX3 reads out in Morse code and it’s self-contained.
Sendero GPS for the BrailleNote. Manufactured by Sendero Group, this program gives BrailleNote users location information, and the ability to plan and follow routes in either a vehicle or while walking. The display of street names and businesses in Braille shows how place names are spelled.