By Martin Courcelles
Safety Can Be Accessible Too!
Discovering something to be accessible right out of the box, brings a smile to my face. This usually happens with software, but not this time! Today we're talking technology. More precisely, we're talking safety technology. Let me give you a bit of background.
My parents came for a visit. They were surprised of the absence of a smoke detector in my dwelling, so off to Canadian Tire we went. I decided to go for a combo deal, smoke alarm and CO detector. Namely the Garrison™ Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Model 46-0318-8. While traveling back home I mused about how I was going to operate this new gadget since I couldn't see the lights. I was hoping perhaps different beeps would be generated for various status alerts. Here's what I discovered. Not only did it use different beep patterns, the little gadget talked! This solved all of my perceived accessibility problems. As a bonus, the device is bilingual.
Added enhancements include:
Spoken and audio test function,
Distinctive spoken and audio alarms for fire and CO,
Spoken and audio alerts for low battery status and
Spoken and audio device replacement reminder after 7 years.
All in all, a very good purchase on my part. I'm still amazed that
accessibility was built into the unit instead of it having been an afterthought. A huge thank you goes to the people at Kidde Canada who decided to go for the universal design concept. Another kudos goes to Canadian Tire for carrying this product. We can only hope to see more of this inclusive trend in the future.
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If you encounter any gadgets that have accessibility features right out of the box, why not contact me and I'll review it right here on the Access Content Blog.
Until then, happy gadget hunting!