A new talking calculator to aid the blind has been demonstrated for the first time in the United States.
CU Calculator being handled
CU Calculator being demonstrated - multiplying 7 x 7
SV & CU Demonstrator with calculator in front of class of blind people (2 shots)
CU Demonstrator speaking
SV & CU Demonstrator with calculator and blind students (3 shots)
SV Blind student using calculator (2 shots)
CU Another student listening
TRANSCRIPT: SIMMONS: "It's called the Speech-Plus-talking calculator with a vocabulary of 24 words including one announcing when the batteries are low. It does everything a calculator with only display numbers does. One of the advantages of the Speech-Plus is that problems are computed exactly the way they are spoken. Unlike many talking tools used by blind people, the machine does not use tape to reproduce the voice. It's done by a tiny computer inside the case."
SEQ. 4: DEMONSTRATOR: "The calculator itself is just about the size of a normal pocket size calculator .It's about seven inches, by four inches by an inch. It weighs a little less than a pound and it's of course totally portable. And like other calculators there are no moving parts inside. There are no tapes or recordings to make the voice. The voice is made by the computer and by a memory storage system inside the calculator."
SIMMONS: "The company claims the Speech-Plus is the smallest and least expensive calculator of its kind in the world. Although the price tag is high at 395 dollars (216 pounds sterling) the company says they are never-the-less backlogged with orders. Blind students who tried it out were delighted with calculator's ability. And this reporter was fascinated by the human sounding but never-the-less computer produced voice. Bernie Simmons reporting."
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Background: A new talking calculator to aid the blind has been demonstrated for the first time in the United States. NBC reporter Bernie Simmons has the story: