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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2015 23:17:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2015 23:27:52 GMT
Subtle Knife says:
You have described a request for automatic page turning. The fire and older keyboard and touch ereaders all have audio Talk To Me features allowing you to have any book read to you. With volume turned low/off it becomes an auto page turn. Possibly meet a 90% of your requirement.

Edit:Gosh I hope that you are proud of using your sock puppet accounts to negative vote posts on a thread dedicated to enabling abilities. Your mum would be so "proud" of you. Pathetic.

Posted on 22 Jan 2015 22:35:06 GMT
Just wondering if there is any more news on voice activated kindle. I am fortunately physically able to operate my kindle normally but I do a lot of craft ( knitting and crochet) which are two handed and if I could activate and page turn with voice then I could read more rather than being stuck watching TV while crafting. There would be huge market among both disabled and abled bodied for this service.

Posted on 25 Oct 2014 13:01:05 BDT
I have some fairly good news. It is possible to use voice commands to move backward and forward within a book on ANDROID in the KINDLE App. This uses Tasker and AutoVoice. Tasker costs £2.99 and AutoVoice £1.03. Unfortunately you need Root on your phone or tablet. Also, as you need to specify where a simulated tap is to occur, the co-ordinates may be different for different devices. I am thinking of producing an app which will work for all devices and orientations and control all aspects of the Kindle App but that will probably take me a while. I think those with limited mobility have waited long enough for voice control and this is REALLY SIMPLE to set up.
I will describe what you need to do in a separate thread. You can set up commands like "next" or "next page" but you could also use "I", "You", "Oh" etc. if someone also has a speech impediment. If your native language is not English - no problem! Simply download your language's "vocabulary" and set up your own commands.

There is also an App on Play Store called Sesame Reader which cleverly uses the front-facing camera to identify a point on your face and you then turn your head to one side or the other until the spot reaches an arrow and the page changes in that direction. Very impressive. That also has some voice commands. I am not sure what format ebooks it supports. Almost certainly not Kindle ebooks.

Andy (POW)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 19:26:01 BDT
I think September is usually new Kindle time. Given that a new Kindle would be needed (with microphone at least) perhaps they intend a return to the text-to-speech / music Kindle device so they could introduce it cross-platform.
Pure speculation:) Could have another year to wait!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 18:57:18 BDT
ralnavman says:
Me too..... unfortunately though, it looks like my box is closed and I can't get in.......

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 18:45:38 BDT
Coz says:
Wow, what a difference a day makes, sounds really promising...... we might actually see this happen....exciting!!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 18:27:51 BDT
carocaro says:
Prints of Whales - that is a little more than mine two years ago when they said it was a good idea and they were giving it to their design team to evaluate so progress looks like. Cheers, I will add mine before the day is out.
Yay, progress maybe!
Shame about the time it takes...

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 18:14:51 BDT
I have received the following from Amazon Customer Service. It is the first time they have said they are actually working on it as far as I know. Sounds like progress.

Message From Customer Service

I can understand that you concern regarding simple voice control.

I've taken your comments as a feedback and forward it to the Kindle team for consideration. Rest assured that they will review your comments and take actions accordingly.

Many of our customers provided their feedback regarding this feature. So, we are working to make this feature available in the near future.

We are unable to give you an exact date or time frame when this feature will be available as it does take time to implement these changes. This involves a number of areas and departments within our site, to enable best possible experience while using Kindle. However, please rest assured that we are working on this area as a matter of urgency.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 17:36:58 BDT
Damaskcat says:
The point I was making is that if you turn on text to speech it will automatically turn the pages while it is reading the text to you. If you turn the sound right down then the pages will still turn without any human intervention. You can alter the speed of the speech so that the pages turn faster or slower.

Having lived with a disabled person for 25 years I find thinking outside the box a useful skill!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 16:13:20 BDT
Most people on this thread are wanting a voice controlled ereading app or device and have been for over 4 years.You state there are such devices and apps around. Please, please tell us what they are and I will gladly withdraw my comment about negativity.

I repeat that it is in Amazon's. Self interest to produce such an app.
Surely it is Amazon's issue if they prevent those who require voice control from reading their ebooks by not providing it themselves and not allowing others to provide the facility.

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 16:08:06 BDT
carocaro says:
We want to be able to read it ourselves not have text to speech Damaskcat, especially the electronic speech :)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 15:59:06 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Text to speech turns the pages and the sound can be turned down. Ok that doesn't completely solve the problem but it goes some way towards it.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 15:56:33 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Adaptations have to be reasonable before they can be insisted upon under the DDA.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 15:52:28 BDT
carocaro says:
Amazon sell a range of mobility aids by other manufacturers Clagg...that isn't the issue. The issue is only Amazon produce Kindle, as Smith's produce trade name/licensing etc is theirs, it is their research and development team that have produced PaperWhite and Fire to consider this as an added product. We disabled would like them to consider that voice activated devices are within possibilities now and we the large disabled population would benefit from Amazon producing a voice activated kindle and with a suitable mark up for development added on price, I believe that hundreds of thousands of potential customers are in the UK alone and then consider worldwide sales, it moves to millions. So Amazon win too.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 15:41:16 BDT
Lucy Lou says:
I'm not being negative at all Prints, thank you for your condescendence; this is realism. I did not state that the disabled person has to convert it but you're conveniently ignoring how the said disabled person purchases the eReader and purchases the eBook and ensures it is downloaded in the first place!

Instead of chastising at will please appreciate the issues first.

Ignore the word "Kindle" you want an eReader that is voice activated. There are such devices and apps around. You want a voice activated Kindle but it is not what they do.

Again I will ask, how is it Amazons' issue if disabled devices are not their market?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 15:36:46 BDT
Coz says:
carocaro, you are more than welcome. Good, I haven't upset everyone then, and it certainly wasn't my intention. enough said......... and thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 15:30:34 BDT
ralnavman says:
Hi, so sorry for your loss too, lost both my parents and an in law in the last 3 years so I can appreciate. I'm pleased though that you guys are still up for this. I too find this perplexing that no-one has produced an android app, wish I could program. Mind you, I now have a little time on my hands; redundant.
I also wonder if there is any slight possibility of contravention of the disability act?? After all, buildings are required to provide ramp access retrospectively!! Very tenuous I know....
My wife is completely disabled, unable to even move a finger, so she can only read or watch tv. She is fortunate to have a mechanical page turning frame, which is excellent at home, but it is heavy, takes up a lot of room, takes some setting up, occasionally rips book pages and is completely out of the question for taking away.
So come on someone, write that app, please......

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 15:20:44 BDT
Hi Clagg,
Sorry to see you are as negative as ever :
The Hal ereader is for PDF, TXT AND HTML files. Most books people want to read are in Kindle, Mobi or ePub format.
For a person requiring voice control to read Kindle ebooks AMAZON has to provide it. No one else is ALLOWED to. I don't think that such disabled people could convert even an unprotected Mobi without a voice controlled convert app.
I suggest AMAZON do this because it is in THEIR INTEREST.
Please do some sensible research and find an app that can voice control the books that PEOPLE WANT TO READ.

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 14:57:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Aug 2014 15:06:42 BDT
Lucy Lou says:
The Hal eReader app is reportedly very good.

I'll repeat my previous post - Why are you badgering Amazon about this? Disabled devices are not their market, it has nothing to do with Amazon.

Why are you not approaching disabled device manufacturers?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 14:57:32 BDT
carocaro says: I had not heard of the Hal e reader and many nursing homes and hospitals can't have done either. People with disabilities from moderate to severe have a need for voice activated ereaders like the Kindle.

Kindle is produced by Amazon, and offers the widest spectrum of book choice and competitive prices with many good reads offered free. When Coz was looking for something for his mother some of us saw a need for quite a large slice of the population with sickness and disability who with voice activated on/off page forward or back and go to chapter/page with a frame to hold the e-reader as a way of retaining some independence and choice in preferred or still able to participate in an activity they enjoy.

I am disabled and to be honest have limited knowledge of devices or where to access that are affordable, most disabled devices have ridiculous price tags out of our range. I know stairlifts, special baths etc all make me turn away and continue struggling.

I would find a voice activated kindle a big help...hope it happens soon as this past year has seen so much progress in voice activated software.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 14:48:29 BDT
carocaro says:
Coz, I am sorry to hear of your Mom's death. I am also sorry she didn't get a voice activated Kindle. However, when it happens and it will it will be because of your endeavours on her behalf. Any aware mother would be proud to have had a son do something like this on her behalf.
I wish you and your family a kinder future than recent few years too.

I will also send another letter to Amazon and would you mind if I copy and paste your comment?

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 14:32:23 BDT
One of the glaring statistics in healthcare is the escalation in Type II diabetes within the UK - and the huge numbers soon to be living with it and it's derived debilitating issues.
If I wad looking for a growing market I'd be looking at millions of people who will soon be losing 20/20 vision. Cynical or just market aware. Products developed for this growing market now would be in a prime exploitation position in just a few years.

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 14:01:44 BDT
Don't various tablets use voice control? (e.g. SIRI on Apple) I've no idea if that would work inside an app though.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2014 13:58:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Aug 2014 14:11:38 BDT
Lucy Lou says:
I am sorry but why does Amazon have to "WAKE UP AND ADDRESS THIS ISSUE"? How is it Amazon's fault?

Have you done ANY research? If so how did you miss the Hal eReader app which is voice activated?

I am really, really sorry for the loss of your mother but why on earth are you insisting that Amazon do this? Why not target manufacturers who specialise in disabled centric devices?

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 12:49:44 BDT
Hi Coz,
Sorry to hear of your loss. The re-opening of this thread has prompted me to send the following to Amazon. It is an attempt to not only shame them into action but to appeal to their marketing side - the publicity should pay for any development costs. I am surprised that voice control does not seem to be present on any Android app. I will be delighted if someone tells me I'm wrong. It really should be easy to add.

Fingers crossed!

Dear Sirs,

Since at least the launch of Kindle Keyboard Amazon has received several requests for a Kindle friendly to the disabled. So far Amazon has failed to produce one.

Kudos would go to Amazon if it was the first to offer voice control for the Kindle. The publicity value is tremendous. If an Epub machine is the first with voice control people will be asking "Where was Amazon?"

Amazon is in a unique position to introduce voice control via its Kindle app on its Android devices. Google already has an app which not only recognises individual words but can understand whole sentences! The Kindle app does not need to be that sophisticated. It needs to be able to identify a few specific sounds for up, down, back, next, select etc. and act accordingly. Ideally, you would make the app user friendly by being trained to whatever sound the user makes - so a grunt could be next, "eek" could be back etc. This would cater for people with speech impediments. Voice recognition is built into Android so most of the work is done.

The disabled are not looking for something ultra sophisticated, just for something which WORKS.

If you don't think that there are enough potential disabled Kindle users to justify developing this, just consider how it would help cooks following a recipe where they would no longer need to clean and dry their hands to turn a page.

The Kindle app is a cheap way to test the water to see if a voice controlled eink reader is worth developing.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Jenkinson
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