[TechTalk update ] VIP Thermostat


heather albright
 

Hello, I received a call from the technician out of New Orleans this morning 11:30 Monday nov. 14 2022, I was informed they do not have any more stock of these units at that location and he verified these units were not in production anymore. I am sorry for anyone who wanted one. He did not have any information for an updated unit. So I found a link that lists the top 2022 talking Thermostat; it does have the viv on the list, just ignore it.

 

 

https://www.everydaysight.com/talking-thermostats/

Please make a note of the details as some require you to have a speaker to make the unit talk and if you do not have access or if your internet is down, the unit will not be talking. I do not know if there are more not listed off this link. If anyone knows of a source not listed, please post to the list for others.

Cheers Heather

 

 

 

From: Marda
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2022 2:59 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] VIP Thermostat Link for Blind Mice

 

T

That was so nice of you to call like that.  I'm sure that will be helpful to anyone who might be interested in buying a new unit.  It is an excellent product.

Marda

On 11/13/2022 2:53 PM, heather albright wrote:

This  was an inaccurate statement so, I will tell everyone the correct information. Yes smart way solutions is no longer operating  out of that office in New Orleans but, they still do have some units  available. I just got off the phone with one of the technicians at 2:30 on 11/13/2022 from New Orleans. So, when they run out, they will not be making them anymore. So if Anyone wants one, first come first serve,  please call the number: (504)733-5888 to see if they can send you a unit. This is Monday threw Friday.  He does not know how many they still have in stock. I think they may have another unit but, he did not tell me about it. I only called to check on the older unit so I did not ask.

Cheers Heather

 

 

 

From: -Mike B
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2022 1:08 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] VIP Thermostat Link for Blind Mice

 

The business in New Orleans doesn't exist any more.


Stay safe & take care.  Mike.

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2022 9:47 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] VIP Thermostat Link for Blind Mice

 

I think the place in New Orleans maybe cheaper, if they have them in stock. Heather

 

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From: Marda
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2022 11:30 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] VIP Thermostat Link for Blind Mice

 

I saw your link.  I was looking for other possibilities besides blind mice mall.  They are a good company and all that but I was wondering if other places might carry the product for a lower price.  Granted their price is lower than suggested retail price but we all know that suggested retail prices tend to be high and products can often be had for substantially less than that although since this is a product specifically disigned for the blind and visually impaired rather than a mainstream product I know those items are often going to cost more.  As is the usual thing I am frustrated by the fact that these devices for the blind always seem to cost more than a simple device that would do the same thing for a sighted person and I think a lot of such talking products that blind mice mall sells cost way more than they should.  I am thinking of the talking toaster oven and the talking microwave.  I would love to own those products but can't justify the prices for them.  i really hope my VIp, which we bought elsewhere but I don't remember where my husband  bought it, lasts for a very long time but if it doesn't and there are no other places that sell it besides blind mice megamall I will probably find a way to buy one there because I value the unit so much.  Who knows though.  I'm just hoping mine lasts for a long time.

Marda

On 11/11/2022 11:04 PM, -Mike B wrote:

Hi all,

 

Here's the direct link to the Blind Mice Mart page for the VIP3000 talking thermostat.  I've sent this twice already and apparently y'all have bypassed my posts.

 

 

***** Item Detail
Product ID: VIP-3000
Control Number: 3196066
V I P 3000 Talking Thermostat

 

The VIP 3000 is a universal heating - cooling talking thermostat
designed specifically for persons who are blind or have low vision.  The VIP 3000 can control most Gas, Oil and Electric 24 Vac Heating and Air Conditioning
Systems including the newest multi-stage (up to 3 stages of heat and 2 stages of cooling) furnaces, air conditioners and heat pump systems.  The VIP 3000
can also control Heat Pump / Dual Fuel (Hybrid) systems with 1 or 2 stage Compressors and Auxiliary Heat.  The VIP 3000 has enhanced speech functions including
a talking Fan Button (fan on - fan auto), the System Button (heat-off-cool-auxiliary) and optional auto-changeover. 

 

Talking Thermostats introduced the VIP Series in 2003.  The VIP Series are the first accessible digital thermostats that were specifically designed
to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can precisely and
easily manage their indoor comfort. 

 

Today, thermostats are difficult to read and adjust because they have LCD displays and flat surface keypads that do not provide tactile feedback.  The
VIP 3000 provides the necessary feedback in the form of a human voice.  Everything that is shown on the LCD display is also spoken.  With each press of
the over sized up or down arrow shaped buttons, the talking thermostat “speaks” the temperature setting to the user, i.e., 68, 69, 70, etc.  Pressing the
“REPORT” button, the user hears the current room temperature, temperature setting and mode.  Other thermostat settings are also easy to perform because
of the built-in voice instructions. 

 

In addition to the voice instructions mentioned above, an audio CD (compact disk) with complete instructions to operate and program the VIP 3000 is included
with each thermostat.  These instructions are in MP3 and Wave file format and can be listened to using a CD player or computer.  A text file is also included
that can be listened to using your favorite text to speech software. 

 

The VIP 3000 is a single zone battery powered thermostat that can be setup for either programmable (setback) or non-programmable (manual) operation depending
on the application.  In the programmable mode, the homeowner can preset the house temperature.  The unit can automatically raise or lower temperature in
the house at pre-determined times of day such as when the occupants go to bed at night, rise in the morning, leave the house for the day or return home
in the afternoon.  In the non-programmable mode, all automatic setback functions are turned off and the VIP functions as a manual “talking thermostat”. 

 

The VIP uses four AA batteries with a typical battery life of 18 months.  When batteries get weak, a low battery announcement will be heard when the “REPORT”
button is pressed.  The low battery announcement begins approximately 2 weeks before the batteries completely fail.  This gives the user ample time to
change the batteries.   

 

The VIP has built in freeze protection.  In the unlikely event the thermostat is inadvertently turned off, becomes inoperative or the batteries fail, the
residence will be maintained at 40 degrees until the problem has been corrected.
Please Note: The VIP Talking Thermostats are not designed to work with high voltage electric baseboard systems or high voltage electric wall heaters. 

 

How to Change Batteries and Mounting Vip 3000 Talking Thermostat
Suggested Retail Price: $299.00
Mice Price: $279.00
Weight: 1.0000 pounds
Quantity:
1
Add to Cart


Stay safe & take care.  Mike.

 

 

 


Ron Canazzi
 

Hi Group,

Well the pages referenced on this 4 talking thermostat page renders two of them file not found and the other one kind of complex.

On 11/14/2022 2:40 PM, heather albright wrote:

Hello, I received a call from the technician out of New Orleans this morning 11:30 Monday nov. 14 2022, I was informed they do not have any more stock of these units at that location and he verified these units were not in production anymore. I am sorry for anyone who wanted one. He did not have any information for an updated unit. So I found a link that lists the top 2022 talking Thermostat; it does have the viv on the list, just ignore it.

 

 

https://www.everydaysight.com/talking-thermostats/

Please make a note of the details as some require you to have a speaker to make the unit talk and if you do not have access or if your internet is down, the unit will not be talking. I do not know if there are more not listed off this link. If anyone knows of a source not listed, please post to the list for others.

Cheers Heather

 

 

 

From: Marda
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2022 2:59 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] VIP Thermostat Link for Blind Mice

 

T

That was so nice of you to call like that.  I'm sure that will be helpful to anyone who might be interested in buying a new unit.  It is an excellent product.

Marda

On 11/13/2022 2:53 PM, heather albright wrote:

This  was an inaccurate statement so, I will tell everyone the correct information. Yes smart way solutions is no longer operating  out of that office in New Orleans but, they still do have some units  available. I just got off the phone with one of the technicians at 2:30 on 11/13/2022 from New Orleans. So, when they run out, they will not be making them anymore. So if Anyone wants one, first come first serve,  please call the number: (504)733-5888 to see if they can send you a unit. This is Monday threw Friday.  He does not know how many they still have in stock. I think they may have another unit but, he did not tell me about it. I only called to check on the older unit so I did not ask.

Cheers Heather

 

 

 

From: -Mike B
Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2022 1:08 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] VIP Thermostat Link for Blind Mice

 

The business in New Orleans doesn't exist any more.


Stay safe & take care.  Mike.

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2022 9:47 AM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] VIP Thermostat Link for Blind Mice

 

I think the place in New Orleans maybe cheaper, if they have them in stock. Heather

 

Sent from Mail for Windows

 

From: Marda
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2022 11:30 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] VIP Thermostat Link for Blind Mice

 

I saw your link.  I was looking for other possibilities besides blind mice mall.  They are a good company and all that but I was wondering if other places might carry the product for a lower price.  Granted their price is lower than suggested retail price but we all know that suggested retail prices tend to be high and products can often be had for substantially less than that although since this is a product specifically disigned for the blind and visually impaired rather than a mainstream product I know those items are often going to cost more.  As is the usual thing I am frustrated by the fact that these devices for the blind always seem to cost more than a simple device that would do the same thing for a sighted person and I think a lot of such talking products that blind mice mall sells cost way more than they should.  I am thinking of the talking toaster oven and the talking microwave.  I would love to own those products but can't justify the prices for them.  i really hope my VIp, which we bought elsewhere but I don't remember where my husband  bought it, lasts for a very long time but if it doesn't and there are no other places that sell it besides blind mice megamall I will probably find a way to buy one there because I value the unit so much.  Who knows though.  I'm just hoping mine lasts for a long time.

Marda

On 11/11/2022 11:04 PM, -Mike B wrote:

Hi all,

 

Here's the direct link to the Blind Mice Mart page for the VIP3000 talking thermostat.  I've sent this twice already and apparently y'all have bypassed my posts.

 

 

***** Item Detail
Product ID: VIP-3000
Control Number: 3196066
V I P 3000 Talking Thermostat

 

The VIP 3000 is a universal heating - cooling talking thermostat
designed specifically for persons who are blind or have low vision.  The VIP 3000 can control most Gas, Oil and Electric 24 Vac Heating and Air Conditioning
Systems including the newest multi-stage (up to 3 stages of heat and 2 stages of cooling) furnaces, air conditioners and heat pump systems.  The VIP 3000
can also control Heat Pump / Dual Fuel (Hybrid) systems with 1 or 2 stage Compressors and Auxiliary Heat.  The VIP 3000 has enhanced speech functions including
a talking Fan Button (fan on - fan auto), the System Button (heat-off-cool-auxiliary) and optional auto-changeover. 

 

Talking Thermostats introduced the VIP Series in 2003.  The VIP Series are the first accessible digital thermostats that were specifically designed
to offer audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature settings and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can precisely and
easily manage their indoor comfort. 

 

Today, thermostats are difficult to read and adjust because they have LCD displays and flat surface keypads that do not provide tactile feedback.  The
VIP 3000 provides the necessary feedback in the form of a human voice.  Everything that is shown on the LCD display is also spoken.  With each press of
the over sized up or down arrow shaped buttons, the talking thermostat “speaks” the temperature setting to the user, i.e., 68, 69, 70, etc.  Pressing the
“REPORT” button, the user hears the current room temperature, temperature setting and mode.  Other thermostat settings are also easy to perform because
of the built-in voice instructions. 

 

In addition to the voice instructions mentioned above, an audio CD (compact disk) with complete instructions to operate and program the VIP 3000 is included
with each thermostat.  These instructions are in MP3 and Wave file format and can be listened to using a CD player or computer.  A text file is also included
that can be listened to using your favorite text to speech software. 

 

The VIP 3000 is a single zone battery powered thermostat that can be setup for either programmable (setback) or non-programmable (manual) operation depending
on the application.  In the programmable mode, the homeowner can preset the house temperature.  The unit can automatically raise or lower temperature in
the house at pre-determined times of day such as when the occupants go to bed at night, rise in the morning, leave the house for the day or return home
in the afternoon.  In the non-programmable mode, all automatic setback functions are turned off and the VIP functions as a manual “talking thermostat”. 

 

The VIP uses four AA batteries with a typical battery life of 18 months.  When batteries get weak, a low battery announcement will be heard when the “REPORT”
button is pressed.  The low battery announcement begins approximately 2 weeks before the batteries completely fail.  This gives the user ample time to
change the batteries.   

 

The VIP has built in freeze protection.  In the unlikely event the thermostat is inadvertently turned off, becomes inoperative or the batteries fail, the
residence will be maintained at 40 degrees until the problem has been corrected.
Please Note: The VIP Talking Thermostats are not designed to work with high voltage electric baseboard systems or high voltage electric wall heaters. 

 

How to Change Batteries and Mounting Vip 3000 Talking Thermostat
Suggested Retail Price: $299.00
Mice Price: $279.00
Weight: 1.0000 pounds
Quantity:
1
Add to Cart


Stay safe & take care.  Mike.

 

 

 


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