What Is the RealSAM Pocket?
The RealSAM Pocket is a smartphone designed for those with visual impairments. Through its simplified interface based on voice commands, even blind users should find it easy to make calls, get visual assistance, and make use of built-in entertainment features.
The RealSAM Pocket allows you to make calls, send text messages, and add contacts. This can be done by using either voice commands or the phone’s large touch-screen buttons.
For example, if you said, “Call Mom,” the phone would dial the number that’s connected with this contact.
Similar to the communication features, the Pocket allows you to access a variety of entertainment features by using your voice. These include audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, podcasts, and the radio.
While U.S. compatibility is yet to be determined, the U.K. version of the Pocket gives you access to publications like The Guardian at no additional cost.
What impressed us most about the RealSAM Pocket were its features that allow users greater accessibility while further supporting their independence. This means that those with vision loss are better able to more safely engage with their surroundings. As mentioned, each feature on the phone can be activated through voice commands.
With this phone, you can:
- Set reminders: Using voice commands, users can set reminders or alarms for various activities. For example, if you said, “Remind me to check the oven in 30 minutes,” the pocket will automatically set an alarm for this time period.
- Receive visual assistance: In addition to a built-in magnifier, the Pocket also has a feature called, Be My Eyes. With this feature, users can hold up their camera, and the phone will automatically connect them with a remote volunteer who can speak to the user, explaining their surroundings.
- Text dictation: This phone can also take photos of text and read aloud any words contained in the photo.