The Talking Kitchen

Yesterday I visited Cam Site, a local charity for the blind and sight impaired.

My mission was to find out more about assistive technologies of all kinds.

Cam Sight were brilliantly helpful (thanks so much!) and I learned far, far more than I could possibly explain in a single post.

So for now I’ll just describe what struck me most.

If you are blind or don’t have much sight, how do you cope in the kitchen? Imagine you want to bake a cake. Or more simply, make a cup of tea.

Well, a big help is to have a kitchen that talks! Here are some of the ingenious the devices I met at Cam Sight. I found them all enormously impressive.

The speaking measurement jug.

The speaking microwave. This sounds a little like a lift sometime; for example it said

door open


door closed

The liquid level sensor. If you are making a cup of tea how will you know we have poured the right amount of hot water in?

The liquid level sensor clips onto the side of your mug and the sensor is on the inside. So as you fill it with (hot) liquid, when the right level is reached the sensor device beeps.

But I found the talking scales the most charming. When activated it says “Scale is ready”. Obviously when you put something on it, it speaks the weight. You have a choice of units.

And when you don’t put anything on it for about 30 seconds, it politely says “Goodbye!”

I hope it doesn’t seem too fanciful to say that these devices almost seem to have personalities of their own. That’s why I called this piece The Talking Kitchen.


About partialinsight

One evening I had a stroke. Half my sight vanished overnight. Adapting made me grasp how amazing the visual system and brain are. It also taught me to understand disability completely differently and I'm grateful for the lesson.
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2 Responses to The Talking Kitchen

  1. Clutter says:

    Are you going to become a domestic god in the kitchen?

    It’s inspiring how you’ve risen to the challenges to date. I’m enjoying your blogs immensely.

  2. Just found an interesting video on a living space for the partially sighted. This includes several of the devices I wrote about in my post.

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