Working in partnership with Elephant Kiosks, The Wilberforce Trust are developing a new audible information kiosk for people with sight loss.

The kiosk, still in its developmental stage, will present audible and digital information to those with sight loss and visual impairments and will  include features such as:

  • Touch screen
  • Audio function
  • Option for Braille keyboard
  • Unique scent to make it recognisable.

The technology within the kiosk will also enable access via desktop computers, mobile phones and even an app.

Founded in 2006 Elephant Kiosks design and develop touchscreen kiosks for the public, voluntary and community sectors. With the aim of making information and services more accessible Elephant Kiosks already have  touchscreen kiosks located in hospitals, clinics and doctors surgeries. Currently there are over 1000 touchscreen devices currently being used across the UK.

The prototype of the Wilberforce Trust Elephant Kiosk will be launched at the Health and Care Innovation Expo running 2-3 September 2015 and is hoping to be at The Visionary Conference 2015 which is to be held on 20-21 October 2015 at Pollock Halls in Edinburgh.

Once developed it’s hoped that the kiosk can be located in any public place including libraries, surgeries, town centres and more.  The accessible design of the kiosk can then can be bought by other organisations who are wanting to get information on their own services and products made fully accessible to people with a visual impairment.