Owning a watch is common for most people, especially if you like to get to places on time! However, if you have a visual impairment, it’s almost impossible to see the face of a watch, rendering it useless. Rather than going watchless, there are several speaking watches that can instead verbalise information to you.
Watches for visually impaired people are not new; there have been several devices designed for this. However, as technology progresses, so does the speaking watch. We took a look at some of the best “speaking” watches available today:
Choosing the Right Talking Watch for You
Voice-activated watches have been around since the 1800s, but today’s versions offer better accuracy! In reality, there are an overwhelming amount of choices. When it comes to selecting the right option, take a look at the key considerations that will help you decide:
How Do You Want to Power Your Watch?
Keeping your watch ticking and talking will be a top need, so thinking about power is essential. Do you want a battery-operated watch, solar, or wind to keep you going? How long do you want your charge to last, and how easily does it need to be to power up?
It’s also worth considering what mechanism you are looking for too. For example, choosing an atomic watch is great to avoid the hassle of resetting it. Take time to consider the powering options. That way, you can enjoy simple timekeeping for years to come.
What Features Are You Looking for?
Do you want a watch that just tells the time, or would you prefer something with more advanced capabilities? You will also need to work out what type of voice you want to hear.
How Are You Going to Use the Watch?
Finally, you need to work out what powering method you prefer, i.e. talking to it or scrolling through the options. For someone who has reduced mobility or is not a fan of technology, the simpler the operation, the better!
The Best Talking Watches Right Now
Take a look at some of the most popular watches that are available right now:
Five Senses Line
This unisex watch line is made by Time Chant and offers a simple design, ease of use, and an atomic timepiece. To access the watch, you simply tap the button on the face and listen to the time and date. In addition to time and date functions, you can use it as an alarm by pressing the side buttons. It’s a simple and effective solution that is great when you just want a basic model.
Women’s Talking Watch
TimeOptics have released the Women’s Talking Watch that comes with a gold and silver finish with the option to choose either a male or female voice. It is simple to use and can tell you the time and date, and offers an alarm feature. The numbers on the face are large, and it is 34mm in diameter, which will look great on any sized wrist.
Men’s Military Watch
If you’d prefer something more rugged for the great outdoors, then the Skmei Men’s Military Watch has great potential. Not only does it offer a shock-resistant case, but it is also straightforward to use. It has four buttons that are used to operate it, and it will tell you the date and time as well as a musical alarm to help you with any reminders that you may need during the day.
Reizen Talking Watch
The atomic talking watch by Reizen is another example of an easy to operate and stylish watch. Not only does it have a four-button operation system that will give you the time, date, day, and year, but it also has a flexible band to make putting it on easy, allowing you to continue having as much independence and you want. The band will fit any wrist size and looks great on men or women. Plus, because it is an atomic watch, you should only ever need to reset the time if you leave the time zone you are currently in.
Getting the Right Watch for You
The good news is that there are more and more talking watches coming to market every day, and there is already a wide range of watchmakers who specialise in talking watches. This means you will likely find a watch that fits your needs, whatever your style and preferences are.
We love the watches we have shared with you and think that they offer a diverse range of styles, functions, and looks so that you can create the right look with every outfit choice you make. It is important to take your time to shop around and trial any potential watches that you like to ensure that you can use them with ease and know-how to access all the functions. Once you find the watch that offers all of this, then you can buy with confidence.
If you don’t want a full talking watch, there are may be apps that can provide something similar with your current smartwatch, have a look at these articles:
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Last Updated on June 4, 2021
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