Bumblebee from Britsh Wireless for the Blind Fund

What is Bumblebee?

Bumblebee is an easy to use app, specially designed to meet the changing needs of the people we support and to unlock the digital world for those with sight loss.

It has been developed by experts at British Wireless who have worked closely with blind and partially sighted people to ensure the product meets differing needs.

The large, simple menus can be viewed in a variety of contrasts, including black and yellow so they stand out to those with residual vision. Combined with audio description of each menu item, it is also user friendly for people with very little or no vision.

Bumblebee provides access to thousands of radio stations, podcasts, talking newspapers and magazines, online content pages and a wealth of useful information, all from one portable device.

There is also a community section, where users can share their experiences, discuss trending topics, share tips, talk about popular content and help and support each other – all by using the in-built text-to-speech function.

Part of the exclusivity of Bumblebee is the user-led content aspect, where listeners can essentially create their own personalised audio library in their pocket.

It requires a wireless connection to stream live radio and download content. Once the audio files have been saved to the tablet which the app is issued on, they can be accessed anywhere; making Bumblebee perfect for listening on-the-go.



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