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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Outdoor Talking Products

Grilling and Swimming, two great ways to get through a hot summer day. I can't think of a better backyard activity than swimming in the pool, and cooking a great meal on the grill. Here are some talking products that will make both activities easier for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Talking Pool/Spa Thermometer

This unique thermometer will actually speak either the pool or spa and the ambient temperatures every hour! Imagine being able to get a water temperature update at the top of the hour when your getting ready for the day, or at night when you're planning on swimming or relaxing. If you would like to hear an update before the hourly announcement is made, simply press the Talking button, and the unit will announce the water and ambient temperatures.

In addition to the hourly announcement feature, there is also an alarm feature that will announce the current time and both the probe and air temperatures repeatedly for the first minute, and then it will announce the time and both temperatures once every ten minutes four times.

It runs on 2 "AAA" batteries, and includes a probe that is 10 feet long. This allows you to position in a convenient spot and still recieve the water temperature. Setup is extremely simple, and can be completed in less than a minute. In fact, if you don't want to use the hourly temperature or alarm features, the only setup that is necessary is to install the batteries.

The probe is waterproof, so there is no need to worry about it once you have it installed. The unit has a temperature range of -58F to 158F. The LCD display can be set to show either the ambient or probe temperature simply by sliding the selector switch.

Click this link to purchase the Talking Pool/Spa Thermometer from the NU-Temp website.

Talking Timer

Have you ever wished your clock talked to you to tell you the time? Ever lose track of time while grilling and end up burning a batch of burgers? How about missing medication when you're having fun with the kids? Simplify your life with the talking timer. It includes both countdown and count-up timers as well as the normal clock mode. It also announces the time left at specific intervals, as well as announce the time over after the countdown has finished.

The unit includes an auto repeat, enabling you to automatically restart the countdown after it finishes, 6 alarm sounds and "memory" that recalls the last countdown setting to avoid having to re-enter it.

When using the timer, the alarm will sound an alert at the following intervals:

Time RemainingFrequency
60+ minutesEvery Hour
Less than 60 minutes, but more than 10Every 10 Minutes
Less than 10 minutes, but more than 1Every 1 minute
Less than a minute but more than 10 secondsEvery 10 Seconds
10 seconds to 1 second Every second

  • Exclusive Silver Finish
  • 3-in-1 talking countdown time, count-up timer and talking clock.
  • Automatic repeat of countdown for taking medicine or running experiments
  • Memory for one-touch recall of the countdown time
  • Maximum count-down time of 23hr 59min 59 sec
  • Maximum count-up time 23hr 59min 59 sec
  • 6 different alarms sounds: whistling kettle, car horn, bell, bouncing coil, cuckoo and standard beep
  • Announces remaining time every hour. In the final hour it announces the remaining time every 10 minutes.
  • Every minute in the final 10 minutes, and every second in the final 10 seconds.
  • Attaches with clip, magnet or stand for cooktop or desktop
  • Operates on 2 AG13 cells (included)
  • 82mm x 64mm x 11mm size
Click this link to purchase the Talking Timer from the NU-Temp website.

Talking Cooking Thermometer

Use this large-display talking thermometer for cooking, hobbies, gardening, and much more!

Easy to Use
  • Simply press the on/talk button on the front and within one second the thermometer is ready
  • Apply probe to medium to be measured
  • Wait a few seconds to allow probe tip to reach full temperature
  • Press the same on/talk button to hear the temperature
  • Always clean probe after each use
  • Slide probe into convenient protector provided to store for next use
  • Speaks the temperature at a touch of a button
  • Easy-to-read LCD Display, large 3/8-inch digits, great for low vision users!
  • Accurate temperature reading within seconds
  • Select Fahrenheit or Celsius with a touch of a button
  • Contoured design fits comfortably in your hand
  • Automatically turns off after 10 minutes to maximize battery life
  • Hinged battery door, permanently connected
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries (included)

Measures 9.25 inches long x 2 inches wide.

Note: This thermometer is not for medical use and is not available on quota.

Catalog Number: 1-03992-00
Click this link to purchase the Talking Cooking Thermometer from APH.

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