Introducing the Accessible In-Home Display
By: Bradley Neale
16 Dec 2020
We think smart meters are pretty great, and everyone should get the chance to enjoy them. That’s why we’re extremely excited to introduce the Accessible In-Home Display (AIHD).
First thing’s first, what’s an In-Home Display?
If you’re new to smart meters, you may not be familiar with all their bells and whistles. An In-Home Display is the nifty gadget that arrives with your smart meter. It allows you to interact with your home energy in a way you never could before.
See exactly how much energy you’re using, how much you’re spending in pounds and pence, and even set budgets to keep a closer eye on your usage.
What’s different about the Accessible In-Home Display?
The AIHD makes getting smart with your home energy even easier, with a suite of new features that help those with visual and mobility impairments to get the most out of their smart meters.
The AIHD was developed by Energy UK, Geo, and the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), who have worked with energy suppliers and partially sighted user groups to provide feedback and guidance.
Features of the AIHD
The new device utilises large buttons, a high contrast TFT screen, three coloured LED buttons, and a text to speech function with adjustable volume. Each feature has been optimised with ease-of-use in mind.
Each of the six large front-facing buttons feature printed illustrations of their function, and provide tactile, positive feedback with every press.
The TFT LCD screen delivers high resolution images and text, and a high contrast colour scheme optimised for visual impairment and colour blindness.
Atop the AIHD are three LED buttons, coloured green, amber and red. They indicate your energy usage: the green/left button means your energy usage is low, amber/middle is medium and red/right means high.
Text to speak
The AIHD is designed to speak the contents of each screen, and it couldn’t be simpler. The amber/middle button turns on-screen text into crisp, clear audio and can be used to repeat, stop, or mute sound.
The Accessible In-Home Display will be available from January 2021, and like smart meters, they’re available at no extra cost. You’ll be able to register your interest when the AIHD becomes available, so watch this space for more information.
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