'Talking' ATM machines introduced to help visually impaired customers in UK
New cash machines have been introduced across England and Wales that can 'talk' to customers who have difficulty reading screens.
Blind and partially sighted people can listen to speech output on over 3,000 of the ATM machines installed by Barclays by plugging in their earphones to listen to the options being read out.
According to the Telegraph, Barclays said it is the first major high street bank to provide the facility on such a mass scale across the country.
The bank said the technology would also help people with dyslexia and anyone who finds it easier to listen to information rather than reading it.
According to the paper, around 370,000 people are registered blind or partially sighted people in the UK.
Charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) estimates that 10 percent of these people do not have bank accounts and around 11 percent are using ATMs without the need for extra help from someone else.