We’ve never been more concerned about the health and wellbeing of our loved ones and, while Christmas is still a few months away, many of us are starting to think about how we can ensure our relatives stay safe and part of our family celebrations this year. In this digital day and age, it isn’t uncommon for people to consider new technology as a Christmas gift idea. However, if the person you’re thinking of is visually impaired, it can sometimes be difficult to find devices that will be easy to use.
In Your Pocket is a fully voice-controlled mobile phone, media player and personal assistant for people with sight loss. We developed it in partnership with the RNIB, creating unique features to help users stay safe, entertained and in touch with their friends and relations.
If you’re considering In Your Pocket as a Christmas gift idea for your loved one, here’s some more information on the benefits and who it is most suited for.
Those who live alone or far away from loved ones
With many of us currently living in lockdown, we’re relying on technology to stay in touch. In Your Pocket is a fully voice-controlled smart phone, meaning that you can make and receive calls or messages just using your voice. Users don’t need to navigate complex touch screens, or struggle to read messages in small print. You just press one button and everything else is controlled by your voice.
Our subscriptions include unlimited UK calls and text messages and come with a choice of data plan and payment options. In Your Pocket also has Zoom installed as standard, meaning that loved ones can easily join family and friends group calls as part of this year’s Christmas celebrations.
We offer all of our customers help with setting up their phone and guide you through connecting to your home Wi-Fi and saving contacts to your address book, taking away the stress of learning how to use a new phone.
Those who love reading – both books and magazines
There are lots of popular reading devices on the market but they often come with additional subscription costs and, if your loved one is visually impaired, they may not be easy to use. In Your Pocket is great for anyone who loves reading as we offer unlimited access to over 100,000 audio books, newspapers, magazines and podcasts, at no extra cost.
Simply ask In Your Pocket to find your favourite book, magazine or newspaper and it will be read to you, free of charge.
Those who enjoy getting out and about independently
Remaining active as we age is incredibly important and doing so safely is a concern for all of us right now. In Your Pocket has a number of features designed to make it easy to stay independent including a talking navigation assistant, an in-built magnifier and access to the video support service, Be My Eyes. Our latest handset is also waterproof so it can be easily cleaned.
Over the last six months, our customers have told us that these features have enabled them to feel confident leaving their homes for daily exercise, to shop for themselves and to navigate the world of social distancing.
Those who want to listen to podcasts and the radio on the go
Many enjoy owning a smart device because they want to be able to listen to podcasts and the radio whilst they’re out and about. Again, there are lots of music devices to choose from, but none as good as In Your Pocket for those who are visually impaired.
All your loved one will need to do is ask this device to find and play their favourite podcasts and it will do so. They can also easily mark radio stations as their favourites, so they’re easy to find whenever they want to listen. Again all of this is included as part of our monthly subscription, making it a brilliant choice for all music lovers.
Purchasing In Your Pocket for a loved one this Christmas
While none of us can predict what this Christmas will look like, we all share a desire to stay safe and connected to our loved ones. If you are considering In Your Pocket as a Christmas gift idea for a loved one who is visually impaired, we’re here to help.