Talking Watches

A talking watch gives verbal announcement of time using tiny, inexpensive voice chips that produce a synthesized, natural sounding speech. Most talking watches have a female voice. Watches with a male voice and, more recently, dual voices have been introduced on the market and are gaining quick acceptance.

We carry the complete line of talking watches by Reizen, Tel-Time, Voice Zone, and Time Optics.



History of the talking watch


The first voice-integrated timepieces were actually the talking clocks — also known as speaking clocks or auditory clocks. Soon after Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the first attempts to make a clock that incorporated a human voice took place. Frank Lambert's experimental talking clock dates back to c. 1878, consisting of a lead cylinder (rather than the more common practice of recording on tin foil) which produced an assortment of sounds, from his recorded voice to unintelligible sounds to what may have been bells and chimes. This hand-cranked experiment lasted one minute and forty seconds and was considered revolutionary in those days. In 1992, Lambert was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for his invention of the oldest known, playable sound recording. However, with the aid of modern technology, an earlier recording by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1857) was reproduced for the first time in 2008.

Speaking ClockThe Speaking Clock (London) was introduced in 1936 for people who did not have a watch or clock at hand. Until then, they used to call the exchange operator to find out the time. On the first day of operation, the "Girl with the Golden Voice" responded to 140,000 phone callers inquiring about the correct time.

In 1968, Mattel-a-Time launched the first truly portable talking clock. In 1984, the Hattori Seiko Co. released the Pyramid Talk, the world's first quartz-based auditory clock. Since then, many other companies came up with their own branded versions.

Mattel-a-Time talking clockTalking wristwatches began to appear around the 1980s primarily as an aid to persons with limited vision. There was a considerable time gap between the emergence of the wristwatches and their predecessor, the pocket watches (first worn by wealthy ancient Romans). Pocket watches were considered more "manly" by the standards of the time period in which they enjoyed popularity. By contrast, wristwatches were viewed as a "lady's thing". However, as horologist Mark McKinley explains:

Wrist watches were necessitated by World War I. (...) In times of conflict a pocket watch was just too cumbersome and to some extent risky to employ in the heat of battle. Later, with the advances in artillery, watches were needed to synchronize gunnery accuracy. After the War, men kept their watches and with advances in technology and fashion, wristwatches became the norm in portable time keeping.

It wasn't until 60 years later that wristwatches would gain a voice, and with them a plethora of talking gadgets emerged, from talking pedometers to talking microwave ovens and even a talking fly swatter!

From Lambert's invention to this day, things have progressed quite a bit. Today, not only are talking clocks/watches readily available, they have an excellent voice quality, besides being accurate, easy to use, and with so many different styles to choose from!

The American Foundation for the Blind estimates that there are over 150 tabletop clocks and 50 types of watches with an auditory function. The International Society of Talking Clock Collectors maintains a virtual museum with relevant information and a well-organized catalog of photos of talking clocks from times old and new.

Video Sample:

This video illustrates the different stages in the reconstruction of the earliest sound recording in history.



Types of talking watches

 

Analog vs Digital

Digital talking watches have an LCD screen that displays the time. Some models show the day and date, as well. Time is announced at the press of a button.

Analog talking watches, on the other hand, have hands (no pun intended) that are normally thicker and bolder than on a regular watch. The numbers are also bolder and bigger.

Because of their talking feature and easy-to-see hands/numbers, these watches are well sought after by blind and low vision persons. They don't have volume control; therefore, they are not really designed for someone with hearing loss!

Watchband types

Talking watches are available with different kinds of band: expansion, leather, bracelet, plastic, and velcro. Pendant watches have no wrist strap; they come with a chain to hang around your neck or use in your pocket. Advanced Search will help you find the right watch. Select "Talking Watches" in the left menu, then narrow down your search by brandname or product tags. (Please be patient as the page may take a while to download.)

Features

The choice of features is totally up to you. Besides announcing the time, some watches have a talking calendar that announces the day and date. Others will give you the option to hear the time spoken every hour! There are also basic talking watches that tell time only and have no other function.

Choices available:

  • Alarm with one or more sounds
  • Multiple alarms
  • Voice output (male, female or both)
  • Language output (English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, etc.)
  • Color (silver tone, gold tone, black, etc.)
  • Numbers (black on white, white on black, white on blue, etc.)
  • Available for men, women, youth and children

  Check out this Talking Watch Features Comparison Chart.

A matter of precision

Have you ever thought that quartz is the ultimate in precision? Think again. In reality, the so-called atomic talking watches appear to be a smarter choice. These radio-controlled pieces are precise to the millisecond since they are automatically synchronized with NIST. The downside is that some locations (especially in more remote areas) may not be accessible to the satelite, thus rendering time synchronization useless. Some watches have an auto-synchronizing feature that allows you to set the display time and verbal time simultaneously.

Talking vs. Braille

 

Braille watchBraille watches have no use unless you read Braille. Talking watches have a more universal appeal in the sense that they don't require any special skills. All they take is a couple of good ears and the ability to understand the language!

While talking watches rely on the user's hearing, the Braille counterpart relies on his/her tact. For people who are deaf-blind, Braille is the way to go. For those Talking watchwho are blind with some degree of hearing loss, a talking clock with volume control might be the answer.

We also carry some multi-functional, easy-to-use voice-activated clocks that respond to one's verbal commands!

How to set the time on a talking watch

 

We created an instructional video to help you set the time on your talking watch easily. This video explains step-by-step how to set the time on a four-button, one-button, and talking calendar watch.

 
 

Replacing the batteries on a talking watch

 

If your watch stopped talking, most likely it's because the battery went dead. Most talking watches run on two batteries: one (CR2016) for the voice and another battery (SR626SW) for the movement of the hands. This tutorial will teach you how to replace the batteries on an analog, four-button talking watch.

 
Very Important:

If you can't replace the batteries yourself, take your watch to a jeweler for professional battery replacement.

 

Required Tools: You will need a utility knife with a sharp blade to open the case and unlock the clip that holds the voice battery in place.

retractable utility knife

Step 1: Holding the watch in its normal position, turn it over with the back facing up.

Step 2: Locate a small indentation on the top right of the back cover. Place the knife blade under this indentation and using the metal case for support, pop the cover off.

Step 3: Turn the watch 180 degrees. Locate the right and left clips that hold the CR2016 in place.

Step 4: Hold the left clip down with your left thumb and, holding the knife with your right hand, carefully pop off the right clip.

Step 5: Take out the dead battery, keeping the metal circle (which holds the battery) in place. Don't remove the metal circle as it is difficult to put it back!

Step 6: Insert a new battery in the battery compartment and push the right clip down to lock it in place.

Step 7: Turn the watch 180 degrees. With the knife blade carefully pull out the inner core containing the voice chip. Now, the smaller battery (SR626SW) is exposed.

Step 8: Use the knife to pop off the small battery and replace it with a new one.

Step 9: Place the inner core back in place, making sure that its groove aligns with the pin extending from the crown.

Step 10: Push the back cover in place until it snaps. Make sure the indentation on the cover is in its original position!

References:

 

- Talking clock collection amassed by Amherst man is world's largest: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/01/talking_clock_collection_amass.html

- Speaking Clock: Why are people still dialing for the time?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14198506

- Wikipedia article about talking clocks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talking_clock

- Cylinder of the Month - Page about the world's oldest playable phonograph recording: http://www.tinfoil.com/cm-0101.htm

- Tick Tock Talk: The Collected History and Significance of Talking Clocks by Mark McKinley

 

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The Reizen Chrome Talking Extra-Large Face Watch is specially designed for everyone with low vision or who is visually impaired. With just a simple press of a button, it announces the time in a clear, friendly, male voice. You will revel in its large 1-1/2-inch face as you tell the time with just a glance. Its prominent hands boldly point at highly visible, black, 3/8-inch tall, Arabic numerals from 1 through 12 (with no tiny dots or faint lines to decipher). This time-proven, classic look will look and feel right at home on your wrist.

While the Reizen Talking Extra-Large Face Watch has quartz-crystal, electronic accuracy, it isn't burdened with all the fancy-schmancy bells and whistles of those digital-readout "computer" watches. And though it may not have bells and whistles, it does has a voice that talks! Just press one button to hear the time. Press another button to hear the day and date. Press still another button to hear if the alarm is set, and if so, to what time.

Easily finding out the time with the simple press of a button, without need of your eyeglasses (or eyeglasses-plus-magnifying-glass), may cause you to wonder why you waited so long to own a watch like this. You will feel happy every day you wear it because every time you use it you will appreciate that simple answers are often the best.


SPECIFICATIONS
Display: Analog
Color: Chrome
Assistive Technology: Talking
Movement: Electronic Quartz
Power: CR2025 Battery (included)
Push-Piece Controls: 4 Buttons
Band Style: Expansion
Dial Color: White
Dial Size: 1.5-in. (Diameter)
Dial Shape: Round
Numeral Color: Black
Numeral Size: 0.375-in. (H)
Numeral Style: Arabic numerals
Numerals Displayed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12

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Note: Analog and digital times are set separately, which is convenient for travel, as you may set one to your 'home' time and one to the local time at your destination. The talking time will always match the current digital time set on the watch.

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS:
- On demand time announcement (female voice) at the touch of a button
- Hourly time announcement (can be turned off)
- Alarm with choice of sound (Beep, Cuckoo, Rooster Crow or Melody)
- Snooze alarm (every 5 minutes up to 6 times)
- Analog Face has red numbers at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00. Black dashes mark all other hours in between. Hour, minute and sweep second hands are black.
- Digital LED readout has nearly 1/4" black numbers
- Rectangular watch bezel measures approx. 2" High x 1.5" Wide
- Water resistant (Withstands incidental splashing only - do not submerge in water)
- Black plastic case with stainless steel back
- Black resin/plastic band fits wrist diameters from approx. 6" to 8.25"
- Talking movement uses a CR2025 battery; LCD/Analog movement uses a LR1130 battery (both batteries included.)
- 90-Day Manufacturer's Limited Warranty
- Product Weight (with batteries installed): 1.6 oz.





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With its high contrast display, crisp time announcements, Quartz movement, stylish design and simple operation, this Tel-Time one button talking watch will give you the perfect combination of precision and prestige.

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Hear the time spoken with this magnificent talking watch! English Talking watch features a sleek black face with matching plastic band, 1/4 inch black numbers on LCD display, female voice. LCD and audio time report that is ideal for anyone with low vision or complete blindness. The talking watch has a square face style. Complete with an alarm and hourly time announcement. Tel-Time VII English Talking Watch uses 1 CR-2025 battery (included), and great for men or ladies.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
- This talking watch is equipped with a Power Saving Mode to preserve battery life. In order to use the watch when you first receive it, you must turn off Power Saving Mode, a simple process that is done as indicated below.

How to use the Power Saving Mode:
1. To turn off the Power Saving Mode: Press the Talking button for 3 seconds. This will activate the watch.
2. To turn on the Power Saving Mode (ex. if you do not plan on using it for a while): Press and hold the Mode & Talking button for 3 seconds.

Battery Type: CR2025

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Tel-Time VII German Talking Watch (706640)
  • Time announced and displayed on LCD
  • Clear female voice in German
  • Hourly time report (can be turned off)
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  • Silver plastic case and band
This Tel-Time VII Talking Watch announces the time in a clear female German voice at the press of a button and can be set to report the time hourly (This function can be turned off if not wanted.) Time is also displayed on the 1/4" x 3/4" LCD.

Other features include a rooster crow alarm, which sounds for 60 seconds. The snooze alarm may be activated to repeat the alarm every 5 minutes, up to three times. 24-hour (military time) mode. Uses one CR2025 Lithium cell battery (included). Plastic case with stainless steel back. Rubberized plastic band. Color: Silver.

Watch case measures approx. 1-3/8" x 1-7/8"
Product Weight (with battery installed): 1.1 oz.
Weight in Original Packaging: 2.3 oz.






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