Talking signs – informative and accessible

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Talking signs? Voice assistants make it possible!

Thanks to smartphones and voice assistants, talking signs are now easy and inexpensive to produce.

And they are an ideal solution to many challenges in guidance systems and information boards:

Talking signs as infotainment

It is no secret that audio guides are very popular with visitors to tourist attractions.

A completely new form of audio guides are talking signs that transmit any information directly to the smartphone using NFC technology. So without needing a power source or internet access!
Whether in historic city centers, museums and parks or on hiking trails, theme walks and mountain peaks:
Talking signs tell exciting stories, impart knowledge and give helpful tips. While eyes and hands remain free.

Signs with an NFC Speech Tag can be much smaller than those with written text. Even existing signs can be easily upgraded. This saves money and reduces “sign forests” in nature.

Talking signs in Erlauf - Statues on village square with white church in the background and small sign with NFC Speech Tags in 2 languages

Talking signs with NFC Speech Tags are small, accessible and informative!

Info-to-go

People who want to read information on display boards and signs must, of course, stop in front of the sign to do so.

However, many people, especially children and young people, are often too impatient to do this. And then it depends on the retentiveness whether the information read is also remembered.

Talking signs offer info-to-go:

Just hold your smartphone up to the NFC Speech Tag and move right on.
You can listen to the content or even read it yourself whenever and wherever you want.
The SpeechCode app automatically saves the scanned content.
This means that it is available always and everywhere – conveniently on your own smartphone!

Mountain biker on summit enjoys the view. To his left there is a small 30x10cm sign with NFC speech tags.

The talking sign works without internet, even on the mountain top – and explains the panorama!

Accessible information

Offering information according to the 2-senses principle is one of the requirements for accessibility.

However, blind and visually impaired people are not the only ones, who benefit from this. Functional illiterates, the 65+ generation, people with low language skills, cognitive impairments or reading difficulties – almost 50% of the population have difficulty reading information.

Audio format enables barrier-free information access for all people.
Pie chart with categories blind/visually impaired (5%), aged 65+ (20 %), Functional illiterates (15 %), Language deficits (10 %) and unrestricted access (50 %)

Did you know that half of the EU population has difficulties reading?

Safety and orientation

Safety and orientation must also be possible for older and visually impaired people.

Tactile guidance systems in public spaces, handrails, tactile signs as well as high-contrast and glare-free color schemes in buildings are good solutions. However, Braille can only be read by about 20% of the blind community and – like tactile pyramid writing – requires a lot of space.
Descriptions of escape routes and interior rooms or safety instructions are simply not possible.

Talking signs with NFC Speech Tags can hold up to six pages of A4 text. This corresponds to approx. 30 minutes of speech output.

Therefore talking signs are ideal for detailed information!

The inclusive, accessible Hotel Neues Pastorat in Heiligenhaus, Germany offers talking signs with escape routes and detailed room descriptions:

 

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