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Announcing ADi Access!

Added: 20 September 2017

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ADi Access have been in touch with us to tell us about their fantastic new product called the 'RoomMate', which is an electronic, wall-mounted device, which offers Blind and Visually Impaired visitors bespoke audio description in a disabled access toilet. As you know here at DHI we like to pass on anything that we feel may benefit our website users, so please read on to find out a bit more about ADI and their product.

Full Story

ADi (Audio Described Information) Access is based in Cornwall and was formed in October 2014 to research and develop life changing technology. The business is the brainchild of partners Helen & Steve who have lived with the impact of Steves sight loss for the last 15 years. Helen also has over 15 years experience working with people with visual impairments and knows only too well the serious impact that sight loss can have on a persons autonomy.

The RoomMate has been designed specifically to make life easier for people who suffer with severe visual impairment enhancing independence and dignity by reducing the stresses of moving around in unfamiliar environments, thus allowing people to navigate safely and hygienically.

Each unit comes accompanied with a high visibility door sign to indicate that the facility has a RoomMate installed. On entering the accessible toilet an audio announcement is triggered and the unit advises that a recorded description of the room is available. If the user is visually impaired and requires the description, they are then given the instruction to wave their hand in front of the unit to activate.

The unit is placed to the left or right of the door frame at mid-height and the initial announcement advises which side of the door the unit is placed and has the addition of 4 sonic pings after the announcement, to guide the user to it. There are 2 sets of identical phrases giving a sequenced description. The first set allows the visually impaired user to form a mental picture of the room, whilst the repeated set enables the user to navigate within the room.

The product has already been installed in many visitor attractions in Cornwall and most recently in the Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel. 
ADi’s website has a map showing all these venues and also has a great video showing the product in use and offering more detailed information.

If you would like to contact ADi or view their website video, please use the links below:

Tel: +44 (0)330 0881805