Is There a Device to Help Me Shop As a Blind Person?

Shopping trolley containing bags of fruit and vegetables

RealSam Pocket is a voice-activated smartphone device that has been designed to fit in with you and your lifestyle, to assist you in your day-to-day life. Not only has it been designed for and by people with visual impairment but has also been tried and tested with them as well. 

This ensures that the experience is as streamlined and easy for the consumer as possible. The phone is packed full of features that needn’t be downloaded, paid for separately, or that require long complicated processes to access. Just press one button and talk.

How Will RealSAM Pocket Help Me to Shop as a Blind Person?

There’s a lot of technology out there that is meant to be helpful but can actually make life more complicated. We believe we have genuinely created a product to help streamline the things you do every day. 

One way in which RealSAM Pocket can help you is by assisting you on your walk to and from a shop. There are a few ways that it can do this, the first is the ‘Be My Eyes’ feature that will connect you to one of over 5 million volunteers who will see through your device and guide you. 

This can also be useful in shops – an example might be you need someone to let you know the expiry date on the loaf of bread you would like to buy or to let you know the difference in price between two pairs of shoes. Just ask the phone to open ‘Be My Eyes’, and let the volunteer know how they can assist you.

Another feature is its navigation aid, which can mark out landmarks on your route to the shop. This can be anything from a bench, flower bed, or more obvious landmarks like a crossing or traffic lights. Whilst there are other navigation aids on the market, RealSam is custom-built for people with sight loss and, unlike standard navigation apps, will let you mark out routes and alert you when you get near a landmark or marked point. 

If there are difficult to read labels, the built-in magnifier feature can zoom in on any small writing. No need to bring anything else with you, or download any apps, just say ‘open magnifier’ and the phone does the rest. Once open, hold the phone to the label and zoom in until it is more comfortable for you to read.

RealSam Pocket has been made to support you throughout your day-to-day life. Whether that be shopping, getting to and from the shops, or setting reminders to buy important things (just simply say, set reminder to buy milk!). It needn’t be complicated or overly expensive to do the things you normally would do, with ease. 


What devices can help blind people?

RealSam Pocket has been designed especially to assist visually impaired people. There are several ways in which it does this. One feature is the magnifier, which can make small writing or difficult labels more comfortable to read. The phone is voice-activated, which means that you don’t need to look at the screen or navigate the touch screen, all you need to do is press one button and talk. 

How do visually impaired people shop?

Visually impaired people have several devices or tools they can use to assist them when shopping. RealSam Pocket has been designed with features to assist people on their way to shops and to help them in shops. The phone comes with a navigation aid that allows you to mark out points, and will alert you once you’re near them. It also comes equipped with the ‘Be My Eyes’ feature which when activated, will call a volunteer who will be able to see through your device and assist you.

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