Have a listen to Paul Porter from RNIB talking about the Blindshell in this podcast interview.
BlindShell is a talking touchscreen phone especially designed for blind and partially sighted people. Use touch or voice commands to carry out simple tasks like calling, messaging and managing contacts, or to use the phone's extra features.
Use BlindShell to listen to internet or FM radio, download audio books from LibriVox, dictate emails/texts, make a voice note or get books from BookShare. You can also browse the web and use both Facebook and WhatsApp thanks to Talkback, the phone's screen reader.
This phone is fully talking – including talking menus and reading emails and texts – and supports dictation and voice commands. BlindShell can also recognise text and read it out loud, and also has a song recognition feature when connected to the internet.
Voice Assistance lets you control the phone using voice commands, instead of touch gestures. Open any app on the phone simply by saying its name or tell the phone to "open messages", "call John Smith" or "send a message to 0303 123 9999". Use Voice Assistance to set alarms or timers, for example, "count down five minutes and 30 seconds", "create an alarm for 6am"; use the calculator ("what is 200 divided by 18?"); create calendar events or notes and check the battery status of the phone, weather, location and more.
Important note - WiFi or 3G/4G mobile data is required in order to use voice control on the phone.
Learning to use BlindShell
This phone can be operated by either four simple touch gestures, with feedback provided via the built-in synthetic voice, vibration and additional acoustic signals; or via the voice assistance feature.
All RNIB customers will receive a free one-hour training session with our Technology Team. (The phone must have been bought from RNIB.) Important note: This training is highly recommended before you start to use your BlindShell handset.
The phone also includes an interactive tutorial, which starts automatically when you first use the device. This must be completed before you can use the phone. You can go back to the tutorial at any time. BlindShell also comes with a built-in manual, which you will find in the main menu.
- Touchscreen phone for blind and partially sighted people
- Fully talking, including reading texts, emails and menus
- Operated via touch gestures or voice controls
- Five-inch screen
- Pin code or hand gesture to stop pocket unlocking
- TapTapSee: Point camera at an object and the app will tell you what it is
- Tactile battery for easier insertion
- Features: Bluetooth 4.0, wi-fi, GPS
- Functions and tools: Magnifier, colour detector, Internet radio, FM radio, MP3 player, alarm, calendar, notes, voice recorder, calculator, text recognition, song recognition
- Camera: 8MP back; 0.3MP front
- System: Android 5.1
- Size: H8 x L139 x W70mm (0.32” x 5.47” x 2.76”)
- Weight: 156g (5.5oz)
- 24-month warranty
- For downloadable instructions, please use this link Product Instructions (Word doc )
- This product is only available to buy in the EU.
- Please note: WiFi or mobile data is required in order to use the voice control on the phone.
We will make every effort to deliver within 5 working days, however if you have not received your goods within 10 working days please contact our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 who will be able to help you. Please note that for special orders the delivery can take up to six weeks and this is stated in the product details, where relevant.
Most of our products and some publications in large print (16 point and above) can be sent by freepost under the 'Articles for the Blind' scheme.
However, the Articles for the Blind scheme offers no guarantees of delivery or insurance for valuable items. We do, therefore, have to make delivery charges for some high value products which need to be sent by a special delivery method. Where a product incurs a delivery charge this is highlighted in the product details and will be added to your order at checkout.
When we send your products, the package will include a 'dispatch note' with details of the contents. It is really important to check this against the actual contents of the package and alert us immediately (within 7 working days) of receiving the order about any discrepancies.
If you find this product is unsuitable for your needs, or is faulty, then follow our returns instructions to ensure we deal with your enquiry efficiently. Some products cannot be returned. More information can be found in product description where applicable.
Special order products are non-returnable unless faulty. We kindly ask our customers to ensure that any faulty products being returned are packaged securely for stable transit, or the warranty may be voided. Where possible, please use the original packaging. These include specially ordered items that are not part of our standard range. This also includes personalised items, including computer packages, as well as special order canes, walking sticks and more.