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Talking Thermostats profiled in The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

A Golden Valley retiree turned up the heat on the market by developing a talking thermostat for the visually impaired.

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About Us

Talking was formed to address the independent living needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, specifically, the control of their indoor comfort. We have been the leader in supplying the VIP family of accessible talking thermostats since 2003.

We are not an Online catalog company nor do we sell the accessible VIP 3000 talking thermostat on Amazon or eBay. What set’s Talking apart from our competition is both our product and application knowledge and our superior customer service. Unlike many Online catalog companies and companies that sell on Amazon and eBay, we have the ability to support our customers and the VIP Talking Thermostats they purchase from us. Give us a call, we would be happy to answer your questions.

Please allow me to introduce myself and to furnish a little background into the VIP talking thermostat. My name is Harry Cohen and my company, Talking markets the VIP family of accessible talking thermostats. My background is in the heating and cooling comfort controls area. I spent 23 years in the field of design engineering, marketing and sales with one of the world’s leading heating and cooling control manufacturers. During my time in the comfort control business, I regularly interfaced with HVAC professionals and end users of comfort control products. On several occasions I was asked why the company I represented and why others in the same industry did not offer an accessible talking thermostat. Unfortunately, the standard answer was “there are not enough people who are blind or visually impaired to make it a profitable business”.

The comment mentioned above stuck with me after my retirement from the controls manufacturer. Based on my knowledge of comfort controls, I set out to locate accessible products that would promote independent living. I searched the world market and found two talking thermostats. After a detailed evaluation of both products, the VIP was determined to be the product of choice. The technical evaluation was done by me and the accessibility evaluation was done by persons who were blind. After some enhancements, the VIP family of accessible talking thermostats was introduced on our web site, in 2003.

As the years passed and technology improved, the original VIP 1007 and VIP 2007 talking thermostats were discontinued and replaced with the universal accessible VIP 3000. Today, the VIP 3000 is the accessible talking thermostat of choice for people who are blind or visually impaired.

If you would like further information regarding the VIP Series of talking thermostats or our company, feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,

Harry A. Cohen
The Ezra Group, LLC / Talking
Tel: 1-800-838-8860

               VIP 3000: $189.00
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