E-Bots in Storytime? Yes, please!

Thursday, April 23, 2015, was Take Your Child to Work Day. My eight-year old son Aidan and I attended the Annual Conference of the Michigan Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Aidan joined me at my booth to talk about Braille and Talking Book Library services, but quickly abandoned me when he discovered HIMS new E-Bot PRO. I think Aidan has found his calling as an Assistive Technology salesperson.

But enough about Aidan, wouldn’t it be cool to get E-Bots into public libraries? Low vision kids could sit with an iPad and control the camera during a storytime or summer program.

The video doesn’t display the magnification well, but a child could use the iPad’s screen to control the E-Bot camera and zoom in on a storybook or flannel board activity, giving them the same access to storytime as their sighted peers.

Unfortunately, one E-Bot PRO costs around $3800. Please help me get this foundation going so low-vision kids can have access to this type of technology in their public libraries.

At one point in the video, you’ll even notice Aidan do a little happy dance while he demonstrates the E-Bot to an educator.

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Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

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