The Best Talking Products for the Visually Impaired – Alarm Clocks

Finding the best talking products for the visually impaired can be a cumbersome exercise. Special alarm clocks are just one assistive technology product that improve the functional capabilities of individuals with low vision giving them an enhanced lifestyle (Microsoft News 2019).

Several brands and models of these alarm clocks are readily available for sale in the Amazon marketplace. However, caregivers deciding which one to buy for grandma or grandpa find that they need to wade through information that is generally inconsistent across brands.

These commonly include product size and weight metrics along with other features.

This article reviews and compares talking alarm clocks for the visually impaired using similar criteria for 4 top rated brands  – CIRBIC, NADOBA, TOP LIFE and BEJAMY. The CIRBIC brand comes in 3 models – Extra Large, Large, and Standard.

There was only a single French Voice model.

Selection was only of the most popular models with ratings of 4+ stars, and these models are listed below in descending order.

General Information about Talking Alarm Clocks

As eye health in seniors begins to deteriorate with aging many desire to enhance their quality of life by remaining active. Talking alarm clocks are useful for people with macular degeneration, who are visually impaired or blind, and the elderly.

These clocks are usually button-shaped in design and usually come in contrasting base and button colors – White/Blue, Black/White, Black/Red, White/Red.

The clock does not have a display but speaks and tells you the time, date, and alarm setting. Some models may provide the week and year information as well.

Operation of the clock is simply by pressing on the top button, and a pre-recorded voice in standard American English speaks out the time. If you press the button again, you will hear the date. By pressing the button once, each time you can hear additional information if this is a feature of the model.

A clear and loud speaker is built in.

The clocks are powered by either AAA or AA batteries. These are not included

Talking Products for the Visually Impaired – Things You Must Note Before You Buy

Because information provided by manufacturers is inconsistent, comparing product at first glance can be misleading. There are certain features we have noted and highlighted  for you below so that you better understand the product you wish to buy.

  1. PRODUCT DIMENSION: Sometimes this is used interchangeably with PARCEL DIMENSION by some manufacturers. The product dimensions are the actual size of the product, while the parcel dimensions are the size of the shipped package. The parcel dimensions are ALWAYS bigger than the action product size!
  2. MEASUREMENT METRICS: Some manufacturers will use inches, centimeters, kilograms, grams, pounds for product or parcel dimensions. This means that in may cases you will need a conversion calculator in order to compare. Who has time for that?

The good news is that we have taken all these inconsistencies into consideration in all our comparisons – so you can truly rest assured that you are comparing “oranges to oranges”

Product Comparisons

1. Bejamy Talking Alarm Clock for The Blind, Low Vision, Visual Impairment, Seniors & Elderly (Blue Button)

NameBEJAMY Talking Alarm Clock
ColorSilver base / Blue button
DisplayNone
MountingTable Top
Dimensions (cm)Product Parcel Dimensions: 10.01×3.81×3.81 cm
Weight (gm)141
Power3 AAA batteries – not included; Electrical
Special FeaturesAdjustable volume alarm; North American English speaking
Present Review RatingCheck
CommentsHighly rated
BEJAMY Talking Alarm Clock

2. CIRBIC Extra Large Talking Clock for The Blind or Visually Impaired (Blue)

NameCIRBIC Extra Large Talking Alarm Clock
ColorSilver base / Blue button
DisplayNone
MountingFree standing
Dimensions (cm)True Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 11.4 cm
Weight (gm)181
Power3 AAA batteries – not included; Electrical
Special Features2 volume settings – H, L; North American English speaking
Present Review RatingCheck
CommentsHighly rated; easy set-up
CIRBIC Extra Large Talking Alarm Clock – Blue

3. CIRBIC Large Talking Clock for The Blind or Visually Impaired (White)

NameCIRBIC Large Talking Alarm Clock
ColorBlack base / White button
DisplayNone
MountingFree standing
Dimensions (cm)True Product Dimensions: 3.81 x 3.81 x 8.89(H) cm
Weight (gm)90.7
Power2 AAA batteries – not included; No cord
Special Features2 volume settings – H, L ; North American English speaking
Present Review RatingCheck
CommentsHighly rated; easy set-up; reviewer suggest change battery after 3months
CIRBIC Large Talking Alarm Clock – White

4. CIRBIC Talking Clock for The Blind or Visually Impaired, with Dementia, or Elderly (Red)

NameCIRBIC Talking Alarm Clock
ColorBlack base / Red button
DisplayNone
MountingFree standing
Dimensions (cm)True Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 11.3 x 3.3(H) cm
Weight (gm)99 gm
Power2 AA batteries – not included;
Special FeaturesNorth American English speaking
Present Review RatingCheck
CommentsHighly rated; easy set-up
CIRBIC Talking Alarm Clock – Red

5. TOP LIFE French Voice Talking Clock for the Elderly, Alzheimer’s, Visually Impaired or Blind People

NameTOP LIFE French Voice Talking Alarm Clock
ColorRed base / White button
DisplayNone
MountingFree standing
Dimensions (cms)Product Parcel Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.0 x 3.9(H) cm
Weight (gms)90 gm
Power2 AAA batteries – not included; Electrical
Special FeaturesFrench – Male voice with Paris accent
Present Review RatingCheck
CommentsHighly rated; easy set-up; pressing button for too long stops the clock working
TOP LIFE French Voice Talking Alarm Clock

6. NADOBA Talking Clock Keychain Alarm For Blind and Visually Impaired

NameNADOBA Talking Clock Keychain Alarm For Blind and Visually Impaired
ColorRectangular – Silver
DisplayYes
MountingKeychain
Dimensions (cms)Product Parcel Dimensions: 11.9 x 2.5 cm
Weight (gms)22.68 gm
PowerBatteries included
Special FeaturesVoice type – English. Provides Time, Date, Day, Year
Present Review RatingCheck
CommentsHighly rated. May be a bit cumbersome to set up.
NADOBA Talking Clock Keychain Alarm For Blind and Visually Impaired

Conclusion – What are Assistive Devices for Visually Impaired People?

Comparing the best talking products for the visually impaired becomes a breeze only when you are using the same features and measurements. This cuts down the time it takes to make a decision on the product to buy which is what this article has done. This article is the first in a series that answer the question – What are Assistive Devices for Visually Impaired people.

If you found value in this article, kindly leave us a comment.

References

American Foundation for the Blind. Technology Resources for People with Vision Loss https://www.afb.org/blindness-and-low-vision/using-technology

Microsoft News (2019) 7 smart tech developments for people who are blind or have low vision https://news.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2019/08/08/smart-tech-blind-low-vision/

4 thoughts on “The Best Talking Products for the Visually Impaired – Alarm Clocks”

  1. That is great! I love how so many obstacles can be overcome by adding some useful gadgets into our lives. A speaking alarm clock is the perfect solution for anyone who is visually impaired. And I think it would also work well with teenagers who won’t get out of bed in the mornings (on schooldays), lol 😉
    I like how small these models are and there is even a French one with a Parisian accent. Do they only work on batteries? Is there a speaking alarm clock that can be plugged in?

    Reply
    • All of the clocks except one can be plugged in. They are designated in the table as being “Electrical”. The batteries are simply for back up and I presume when the cord is not long enough.

      Interestingly, you are quite right about these clocks being good for teenagers as well. Many of them are also advertised as being suitable for teenagers. Furthermore, there are models that come in some really funky colors for teens
      Ceci

      Reply
  2. WOW! I didn’t have a clue about these talking clocks. This is just an awesome idea. One question: could you hand those clocks or are they made to be loose on furniture for instance? I know there are keychain clocks, but I meant the bigger ones in this case. Btw, keychain talking closk is another awesome idea. I see that they are also in different languages. That’s perfect. Clearly, artificial intelligence is very helpful here. I think, you just gave me a Xmas present idea for my grandpa. Thank you for your great post.

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