Sight Village Birmingham: What to Expect… Posted on 16th June 2015 With the UK’s largest blind and low vision exhibition, Sight Village Birmingham, just around the corner – we thought it would be useful to put together a short blog on what sorts of new technology, software, and events you can expect to see at the upcoming show. The 2015 exhibition will be taking place Tuesday 14th July and Wednesday 15th July – doors open at 10am and close at 3pm, and as with previous years it will be taking place at New Bingley Hall. Entry as always is free. The Sight and Sound Technology Workshop This year, within the Sight and Sound Technology Zone we will have a live workshop in action ready to take a look at any of your broken or faulty hardware. So if it has not been working properly, or perhaps you would just like to learn more about the product and what else you can do with it – bring it down to the Sight and Sound Technology Workshop at Sight Village Birmingham, and so long as we support it we will do our best to help! VOICEYE Maps ready for lift off! You may have already read our latest blog on VOICEYE Touch Maps, however to summarise it is a great new mobile software which can be downloaded for free from either the App Store or from Google Play – and acts as a touch map for the blind and visually impaired, allowing them to navigate around the interior of the mapped building independently and effectively. We will have VOICEYE Touch Maps in action and ready for you to use at Sight Village Birmingham, quite simply download the app prior to your attendance, and when you arrive through the doors of the New Bingley Hall your phone will audibly prompt you that a map of the area is available. The Sight and Sound Prize Draw As always we will be bringing back the Sight and Sound Prize draw! At each Sight Village we offer all visitors to our stand the opportunity to enter our prize draw and win a variety of hardware or software solutions designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired. This year once again you will have the choice of winning either a Ruby HD (the market leading portable electronic magnifier), a copy of Zoomtext Magnifier, Zoomtext Reader, Magic Screen Magnifier, Jaws Screen Reader, or Kurzweil. If you already have this software we will offer you a free upgrade or an SMA which will entitle you to the next upgrade when it is due to come out! Introducing the Topaz PHD, from Freedom Scientific Sight and Sound will exclusively have the latest new hardware from Freedom Scientific available for you to get your hands on at Sight Village Birmingham – The Topaz PHD. The lightweight TOPAZ® PHD offers the comfort and productivity features of a desktop video magnifier but folds away like a laptop. With auto-focus, a wide magnification range, intuitive controls, five default and 27 customisable high-contrast colour modes, and adjustable reading lines and masks, the new TOPAZ PHD offers the freedom to independently read and view the details that matter in the home, office, classroom, or on the go. Come and have a play with the Topaz PHD and a variety of other software and hardware designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired, only at the Sight and Sound stand. Register for Sight Village Birmingham 2015 And of course if you are yet to pre-register for Sight Village Birmingham 2015, you can do that here via the QAC website: www.sightvillage.co.uk Or if you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01604 798070 or get in contact.