Talking Scale

A talking scale announces weights and are available in a variety of sizes and styles.  Kitchen scales may be the most valuable for science education, although bathroom scales and other types of scales are also available in talking formats.

Strengths: 

Can do American (ounces and pounds) and metric (grams) measurements to the nearest tenth of a unit.  Allows students with no useful or low vision to independently measure with accuracy.

Limitations: 

Is sensitive to touch, so it’s necessary to teach students to place something in the tray and quickly take their hands away to get an accurate measurement.  The scale has a display that will show measurements smaller than 5 grams but the voice won’t announce any mass under 5 grams.  It only measures to the tenth of a unit so may not be suitable for more precise measurements.

Ordering Info: 

Available from numerous vendors, including Independent Living Aids http://www.independentliving.com/, Inc. 

and Maxi - Aids http://www.maxiaids.com

Ordering link: http://www.maxiaids.com/talking-scales?pagenumber=2