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Adaptations Store August Product of the Month – The Meteor Pocket Watch

Now available at Adaptations – the Vibrating Meteor Pocket Watch. This unique, elegant and stylish pocket watch is great for someone who is deaf-blind or prefers to track the time quietly and discreetly. It is built out of smooth resin and is artfully shaped like a crescent moon, making it easy to use with one hand.

Unlike conventional talking watches, the Meteor Pocket Watch utilizes three buttons and a series of quiet vibrations to tell the time. When you press the first button it vibrates to tell the hour. The second button vibrates to tell the tens of minutes and the third button vibrates to tell the units of minutes. For example, at 2:14 p.m. the hour button will shake twice, the tens of minutes button will shake once, and the units of minutes button will shake four times.

The Meteor Pocket Watch is constructed of ABS resin, which gives its crescent moon shape a pleasant feel. It is waterproof up to 30 feet or 10 meters and weighs one ounce. With a rounded bottom, the Meteor fits in the palm of your hand and will slide easily into your pocket. It comes in three distinctive colors: red, dark blue, and black and is available for $127. Call Adaptations at (415) 694-7301 with any questions or stop by the store for a demonstration.
Meteor Pocket Watch

Adaptations – July Product of the Month

Now available – a three color flashlight from Nebo. This flashlight offers bright green and red light in addition to the standard white light. The white setting is ideal for all-around purposes, green is great for map-reading/signaling, and red for preserving night vision. Those with vision-particular sensitivities may find other advantages and disadvantages to use light of a green or red color. The Chameleon flashlight comes with an attached belt clip and is available now for $24.95 while supplies last.

For more information call us at Adaptations at 1-888-400-8933 or stop by Adaptations at 214 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.


Nebo Chameleon Flashlight

Adaptations Product of the Month – PenFriend Voice Labeling System

Now available at Adaptations: the PenFriend by the U.K.’s RNIB. This handy device allows users to easily record and re-record messages onto small self-adhesive labels. One can hear the recorded message you have assigned to the label by placing the tip of the pen-shaped recorder on top of the label.

Use the PenFriend for organizing and differentiating everything from cans of food to compact discs. The PenFriend is also great for labeling medications with detailed dosage information. Best of all, you don’t need to take the extra step of hooking the PenFriend up to a computer to use it.

Try it out for yourself. We have a demonstration model of the RNIB PenFriend at Adaptations, the LightHouse Store. If you like it, and we think you will, we can order it for you. The PenFriend sells for $140.00. For more information call us at Adaptations at 1-888-400-8933 or stop by Adaptations at 214 Van Ness Avenue between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

PenFriend being used on a can of soup

New Talking Clock Also Tells Temperature

Now available at Adaptations, the affordable Sleek Talking Clock measures 5 inches by 3 inches by 1 inch, with a 4 inch jumbo large print LCD display, an alarm and a 12 or 24 hour format. Unlike other clocks of this type it lets you know the temperature in either Celsius or Fahrenheit. The time is spoken in a crisp clear voice. You can purchase this very handy device for $10.00.

Sale – 2014 Large Print Wall Calendar
If you haven’t picked up a 2014 Large Print Wall Calendar, now is your chance! The 2014 Large Print Wall calendars are on sale during the month of April for only $7.00, while supplies last.

Only the LightHouse stocks these hard-to-find products in our hands-on store. Call us at (888) 400-8933 for questions about these and other products. Adaptations is open at LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sleek Talking Clock

Adaptations Product of the Month: RNIB Audible and Vibratory Liquid Level Indicator

This month’s product of the month is the RNIB Audible and Vibratory Liquid Level Indicator. This three pronged liquid level indicator allows blind and low vision people to tell when sufficient liquid has been poured into a cup, glass, or other container.

The device detects two levels of liquid. When the vessel is mostly full, the Liquid Level Indicator beeps and vibrates slowly. As liquid is close to approaching the very top the vessel, the indicator beeps more rapidly and vibrates constantly.

These Liquid Level Indicators are shipped from the Royal National Institute of the Blind in England and are available at the Adaptations Store at the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco. For questions about this and other accessible products, please call us at 1-888-400-8933.

liquid level indicator2

Send a Braille Card to Your Valentine

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, our friends at the Chicago Lighthouse have produced braille valentine’s cards that we will carry in our Adaptations Store. The cards are part of the inBraille line of greeting cards, celebrating the beauty of braille.

Designed by artist Alisa Singer, the pattern of the contemporary art design on the cover of each card corresponds to the embossed braille message included inside the card. The Valentines, in three distinct designs, all include the message “XOXO” – hugs and kisses.

Proceeds for the sale of these cards go to support LightHouse programs and services. We will be selling the cards in early February, for $3.50 each.

Three Valentine’s Day Cards: The first shows a drawing of a wooden fence painted pink, with the letters XOXO and hearts drawn on the fence in chalk. The second shows a drawing of red and turquoise heart lollipops, surrounded by a red, turquoise and yellow boarder. The third shows a drawing of a pink and red bordered box of chocolates, with the letters XOXO below.

Adaptations Product of the Month: Wikki Stix

Need a quick and inexpensive repair for your jewelry, watchbands, or eyeglasses? Having trouble opening jars that are tightly screwed? Want a flexible labeling device that is reusable? Let Wikki Stix be your helper. These fun, waxy sticks are re-usable, non-toxic and can be used for many everyday tasks. They can be used to label cabinets, snack bags, bottles, or other items around the house. Their flexibility helps you shape them into a line, circle star, or any shape you want. They are sticky enough to help hang items like screws, nails, tacks, or sewing supplies.

Wikki Stix are a must-have item for students. They make art more accessible and are perfect for making geometry homework fun.

Come by the Adaptations Store at the Lighthouse to check out the Wikki Stix and learn more about them. We are selling a variety pack of 8 for $1.50.

If you’d like to learn more about Wikki Stix check out their webpage here.

Special November discount: In honor of the harvest/food season, all kitchen supplies at the Adaptations Store are 10% off if you come by and say the word: “gobble-gobble.” A list of the items that are considered kitchen supplies will be provided at the store.

Be sure to visit our revamped Adaptations store. Our new inventory includes a wider range of talking watches, along with canes, cane tips, and magnifiers. We are no longer taking online orders but can take phone orders as a convenience for those in our northern California service area. Adaptations is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To find out whether we have an item in stock for you to pick up, please call Adaptations at 415-694-7301 or toll-free at 1-888-400-8933.

LightHouse Adaptations Store Reopens September 30

We are pleased to announce that we will reopen Adaptations, the LightHouse Store on Monday, September 30th. New store hours will be Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We have re-envisioned the store to be both a place to shop and a hands-on resource. Our knowledgeable staff will guide and help you find the best adaptive items to fit your vision.

At Adaptations we use LightSpeed point of sale technology, which is accessible and allows blind and visually impaired store staff to easily ring up your purchases. In order to provide enhanced one-on-one customer service we will return to the direct in-person customer service business model and focus our attention on those in Northern California who can visit the LightHouse for training and mentorship. Although we will not be taking online orders at this time, we look forward to serving our customers who visit our location at 214 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco.

To find out whether we have an item in stock for you to pick up (and if we don’t, we can usually order if for you) please call our store at 1-888-400-8933.