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Feelware Audio voice output
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Wouldn't it be incredibly useful if you could teach an electric cooker or oven to speak so that the device could tell people around it how it is currently set? At Feelware, we liked the idea so much that we developed it into a product. With the Feelware Audio voice output, we can teach standard cookers and ovens with rotary knobs how to speak.
The patented Feelware Audio voice output gives the settings of electric cookers as a voice message as soon as the position of the rotary knobs is changed. Furthermore, the system repeats the current setting if desired, so that you are informed about the operating status of your cooker at all times. All that is needed is a tap on the corresponding knob. So you are always well informed about the settings of your household appliance. Cooking comfort and safety has never been so much fun.
Feelware Audio consists of intelligent Feelware Audio knobs and a voice output unit, the Feelware AudioBox. The original knobs of a cooker are replaced by the Audio knobs. The AudioBox is set up in the kitchen and connected to a power outlet. The Feelware Audio knobs record the setting of the cooker and pass the information on to the Feelware AudioBox, which outputs it as a voice message.
At Feelware you can buy new electric stoves and ovens in combination with the Feelware voice output.
Our speaking cookers
Electric cooker with Feelware Audio voice output consisting of six intelligent Feelware Audio knobs and the Feelware AudioBox voice output unit. The Feelware control knobs replace the original rotary knobs on the cooker. The Feelware AudioBox can be attached to the kitchen wall or placed near a socket.
Frequently asked questions
Who is the Feelware Audio voice output for?
The system helps all people who do not want to let their vision impairment deter them from cooking and baking. The system was developed together with blind and visually impaired people and tailored to their needs. Of course, other people can also benefit from the Feelware Audio voice output.
What is the process if I want to buy a cooker or oven with vooice output?
We select cookers and ovens which are particularly suited to the needs of visiually impaired people and build the Feelware Audio voice system for these appliances. You can find the selected appliances in our online shop. We are happy to support your by phone to determine which model meets your needs. If you decide on an appliance, you can order it from us together with the Feelware Audio voice output as a package.
In case you prefer to buy your cooker from a retailer in your area, we are also happy to provide you with the matching Feelware Audio system as a seperate item.
Is it possible to fit Feelware Audio to a cooker or oven which is already installed?
The development of Feelware Audio for a particular appliance model requires extensive testing and optimization of the interaction and system behaviour in our laboratory. We have learned that our quality requirements can oftentimes not be met, when adapting the Feelware Audio voice output for an appliance which we do not have in front of us. Thus, we offer Feelware Audio only with the appliances of our product portfolio.
Yet, the universal tactile conversion kit for electric cookers Feelware P offers an effective possibility to make installed cookers and ovens accessible.
How long do the batteries in the Audio knobs last and how can they be replaced?
The batteries in the Audio knobs last for at least 6 months in normal household use. You will receive an announcement from the Feelware AudioBox when the batteries will be depleted soon.
To replace the batteries, the cover of the knobs can be opened with the help of a coin. The electronics can be easily lifted out of the knob to replace the battery. Replacement batteries can be found in specialist shops or can also be obtained from Feelware. We recommend having the replacement carried out by a sighted person.
We also offer battery replacement as a service.
Is it possible to fit Feelware Audio also to hobs with touch-sensitive control elements?
Currently, Feelware Audio is only available for appliances with rotary knobs. Some hobs in our product range come with touch-sensitive controls for auxiliary functions. To make them accessible, we have developed a tactile jig which is delivered along with the Feelware Audio system for these appliances.
How does Feelware Audio actually work?
The system consists of intelligent Feelware Audio knobs and the Feelware AudioBox, a voice output unit with a loudspeaker. The Feelware audio knobs replace the original cooker knobs by simply pulling the original parts off and putting the Feelware knobs instead. Once installed on the cookers, the intelligent audio knobs detect the rotary position and thus the setting of the device. The stove knobs transmit the information about the rotary position to the AudioBox, from which it is announced.
Will I be able to switch my appliance off safely in case the Feelware voice output does not work?
Feelware Audio knobs come with tactile symboles which allow you to determine which control cooking zone is still switched on and to switch it off safely.
Does the health insurance cover the cost for Feelware Audio?
At this point, the expenses for Feelware Audio are not coverd by the health insurance.
Will Feelware Audio be also made available for other appliances?
Yes, we have a plan to adapt Feelware Audio also to other appliances to let them announce their settings in speech.
How did you come up with the idea to teach home appliances to speak to their users?
By selling tactile conversion kits for appliances, we have learned that not everyone benefits from tactile markers or simply prefer voice output. This is how the idea of equipping appliances with speech started.
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