Led by the Thomas Pocklington Trust, Vitaltech is for everyone from tech newbies to highly experienced tech aficionados. It is an impartial site set up to provide information and guidance on assistive devices for the blind and visually impaired, their friends and family, and healthcare professionals.
Thomas Pocklington Trust, the lead charity behind the new venture, already provides a broad range of services for the blind throughout London and the UK, and decided to work with Granite 5 partly due to our experience delivering highly accessible products including within the VI (visual impairment) sector.
The aim for the new Vitaltech website was to provide an impartial tech-focused information portal, highlighting the diverse range of technology which can improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired.
Really low bounce rate suggesting high engagement
Different browser technologies supported
Positive feedback on accessibility and usability
Highlight: Amazon Polly
We have integrated the site with the Amazon Polly platform, a service which turns text into lifelike speech providing an invaluable feature for blind and visually impaired users.
Amazon Polly is a paid for service, however by caching and storing media files locally we are able to keep costs low. Amazon Polly lets you convert 5 million characters per month for free during the first year, so we’ll be rolling out this feature to other VI sites.