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Old 05-10-2016, 03:34 PM   #1
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Designed Specifically for the blind and visually impaired

Kindle Audio Adapter
The Kindle Audio Adapter activates VoiceView on your Kindle when plugged into the micro-USB port. Just plug your headphones or speakers into the audio jack on the Kindle Audio Adapter to use your Kindle e-reader with an audio interface.

VoiceView for Kindle
VoiceView for Kindle, which also uses Amazon’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voices (formerly known as IVONA), enables blind and visually impaired customers to read books and navigate their Kindle e-reader via voice prompts.

Touch Exploration
Explore content and navigate your Kindle e-reader using accessibility gestures. You can navigate item-by-item as well as by touch.
No doubt something analogous is coming to Oasis, perhaps via Bluetooth for the audio feedback.
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And this of course answers the question of why firmware 5.7.4 has a complete set of TTS speech files on devices with no audio capability!
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TTS works great on K5
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This is a lot more than TTS, though; it's voice navigation, which the Kindle's never had before.
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Revolutionary. Welcome back to 2010, Amazon.
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This is a lot more than TTS, though; it's voice navigation, which the Kindle's never had before.
On Kindle Keyboard, you can turn on 'voice menus' and it will read out the menu text as you navigate with cursor. Don't have mine handy to check details but you could almost navigate without vision.
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Revolutionary. Welcome back to 2010, Amazon.
What Kindle had voice navigation in 2010?
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Kindle Keyboard

Home Page -> Menu -> Settings -> Page 2 (use next page button to go to next page in settings) -> Voice Guide to turn the Voice Guide navigation on/off.
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Did it really? I had a Kindle Keyboard myself, but have absolutely no recollection of that! Thanks for the information. So it'll read out the library screen, etc?
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Did it really? I had a Kindle Keyboard myself, but have absolutely no recollection of that! Thanks for the information. So it'll read out the library screen, etc?
It does! You're welcome

It works over the speakers and I assume it would work over headphones too.
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Oh well, the Ivona voices are infinitely better than the TTS of the K3. I think this is a great idea. Keeps the cost down for those with no need for TTS but gives it to those who need it.
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Oh well, the Ivona voices are infinitely better than the TTS of the K3. I think this is a great idea. Keeps the cost down for those with no need for TTS but gives it to those who need it.
Yeah, that's true. The TTS voices are very robotic and don't handle punctuation like a natural speaker would
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An info page about accessibility on Kindle...
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The dongle doesn't appear to be available separately right now, but I assume it will be in time.
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I wonder how this is powered. Is it powered by the Kindle or does it have its own battery, possibly even boosting that of the Kindle?

Probably the best for usability would be if it could be left plugged into the Kindle and have a separate port that could be attached to a charger. I suspect that connecting and disconnecting different micro-USB cables isn't fun for a person with limited eyesight. I doubt that they did it that way though.
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I wonder how this is powered. Is it powered by the Kindle or does it have its own battery, possibly even boosting that of the Kindle?

Probably the best for usability would be if it could be left plugged into the Kindle and have a separate port that could be attached to a charger. I suspect that connecting and disconnecting different micro-USB cables isn't fun for a person with limited eyesight. I doubt that they did it that way though.
Power from the Kindle.
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