[BCAB] Accessible microwave

Steve Nutt steve at comproom.co.uk
Sun Oct 20 11:03:30 BST 2019


Hi Clive,

I'm more interested in the smart wi-fi microwaves.  Instead of telling the A
Lady to just start a timer, you can give them cooking instructions.  I am
investigating.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Clive Lever <clive.lever1955 at gmail.com> 
Sent: 19 October 2019 20:38
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Accessible microwave

Hi David and all,

I must admint to using my microwave in conjunction with Amazon Echo. 
"Wake word, set a timer for four minutes" - will ping after four minutes and
go on pinging until you command: "Wake word, stop!"

"Wake word, set an egg timer for four minutes" - will do the same as the
above, but will pin, then say: "Your egg timer is done". 

This has to be a better alternative than forking out for an expensive
special microwave 'for the blind' at many times the price of an oven sighted
people would get for 30 quid down the road. 

I do know that the RNIB are beginning to get active campaigning for
affordable, accessible white goods, as many ovens, microwave ovens, washing
machines etc rely on the user having enough eyesight to operate the
touchscreen-driven controls. It's interesting how, in some areas, I T is
enabling us like never before, whilst in others, developers are, probably
unwittingly, overlooking our needs and designing us out of independent
living. Another example of this is household gadgets that come with an
instruction manual which can't easily be converted to alternative formats,
because it consists of a series of pictures and little or no text. 

Best,
Clive



-----Original Message-----
From: David Griffith [mailto:daj.griffith at gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:22 PM
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Accessible microwave

Just to add a pointer.
My wife bought a microwave with knobs but when we got it home we realised
that the timer knob was not clickable and was difficult to manage with
bumpons. I could determine the power but not the timer accurately.
Happily I realised that this was not an issue for me as I had a Google Home
mini in the kitchen.
If I need for example to use the microwave for 5 minutes I simply say OK
Google set a timer for 5 minutes.
When 5  minutes has elapsed I simply turn it off.
The same of course  could be done with Echo or any other accessible timer on
a phone etc.
David Griffith

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From: janesellers6 at gmail.com
Sent: 19 October 2019 18:25
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Accessible microwave

Hi Kieran

Yes Cobolt Systems do sell their expensive microwaves they also do a talking
hob. As wel las the taslking combi microwave and the normal one. 

ATB

jane

-----Original Message-----
From: Kiran Kaja <kirankaja12 at gmail.com>
Sent: 19 October 2019 17:34
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Accessible microwave

3 options.

1. Get a simple manual microwave with knobs for time and power. I got one
from Argos for about 30 quid a while ago. I was perfectly happy and
satisfied with it. You can stick bumpons at 1 minute, 3 minutes, etc.
2. If you have Google Home/Echo smart speakers, consider one of the GE range
of smart wifi microwaves. You can then control them with voice.
3. I guess Cobolt systems still sells their expensive talking microwave.

On Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 8:55 AM David Reynolds <david at dkreynolds.plus.com>
wrote:

> Apologies if this has been covered, but my ten year old microwave died 
> today, and I'm looking for an accessible alternative.
>
> I don't use it for cooking, but generally for warming things up, so it 
> needn't be to elaborate.
>
> Any suggestions very welcome,
>
>
>
> David/.
>
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