Using the Canadian Banknote Reader to identify bills with low vision or blindness — CNIB

Using the Canadian Banknote Reader to identify bills with low vision or blindness — CNIB


All Canadian polymer and paper bank notes share distinctly coloured denominations that make them easier for people with vision loss to identify. While polymer bank notes are the newest notes available to you, paper notes will still be in circulation for a while. The bank note reader is a device that you can use to help you identify Canadian bank notes, when you’re unable to use other accessibility features. The reader is supplied by the Bank of Canada and is distributed at no charge by the CNIB. The reader has an ergonomic design that is compact and easy to use, and includes a battery, speakerphone, headphone jack, variable output, braille, large print instructions, a CD and protective pouch. The application form to order a bank note reader is available on the CNIB website. The bank note reader is easy to use. Insert any short edge of a Canadian polymer bank note and the reader will announce by voice, in either English or French, the denomination of the bank note. For paper notes, insert the short edge into the reader. The voice output can be substituted by beeps or vibrations, if desired. For audio beeps or vibrations, there are unique indicators for each bank note. The $5 beeps or vibrates once, the $10 will beep or vibrate twice, the $20 will beep or vibrate three times, the $50 will beep or vibrate four times, and the $100 will beep or vibrate with one short and one long tone.

5 comments

  1. Great job with the voice of banknote reader. Of all voices, you just had to choose a fucking robot sounding one.

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