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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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Comfort Solutions for seniors and persons who are blind or visually impaired

the accessible VIP 3000 residential Talking Thermostat that promotes independent living

The VIP Series is the first ENERGY STAR rated accessible digital thermostat with audio playback of day, time, indoor temperature, temperature setting and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can precisely and easily manage their indoor comfort. VIP 3000
Universal Talking Thermostat


VIP 3000: $189.00
Free UPS Ground Shipping within the United States

The VIP Series is the first accessible digital thermostat with audio playback of indoor temperature, temperature setting, mode and programming instructions so blind and visually impaired users can precisely and easily manage their indoor comfort.

The VIP 3000 is easy to operate. A Smartphone or Internet connection is NOT required.

Yes, the VIP 3000 "talks" to you! When you press the day/time, weekend or weekday schedule buttons, you are voice prompted to enter the correct settings.

         REPORT button you hear
"the indoor temperature, the thermostat setting and the mode"

UP or DOWN arrow buttons to raise or lower the temperature you hear
"the new temperature setting and the mode"

HELP button you hear
"a telephone number to call for assistance with your thermostat"

VIP 3000: is an accessible 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. To be used with single transformer systems. 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.

The VIP 3000 combines the latest technology to promote independent living with its verbal setup instructions and verbal announcements of room temperature, temperature setting and mode (heat, off, cool or auxiliary). The VIP is truly a "talking thermostat" that was designed to help people with visual impairments live more independently.

In addition to the verbal instructions mentioned above, a CD with complete instructions to operate 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 (night setback) or non-programmable (manual) operation depending on the application. In the programmable mode, the VIP functions as a setback thermostat with 5+2 programming. Five plus two programming means that Monday through Friday, there are four separate programs per 24 hour period, wake, day, evening and sleep. Four different programs can be entered to suit your weekend schedule. In the non-programmable mode all automatic setback functions are disabled and the VIP functions as a manual "talking thermostat".

The VIP 3000 also has built in freeze protection. In the event the indoor temperature drops to 40 degrees due to the thermostat being turned off or inoperative, your heating system will maintain 40 degrees in the residence.

When you purchase your VIP Talking Thermostat from Talking, you receive the following:

  • A superior product with a proven track record
  • Product reliability which carries a 5 year warranty
  • A product that is totally user friendly to the person who is blind
  • A product that does not require initial setup by a sighted person
  • Audio compact disc with complete operating instruction
  • Large Print format of operating instructions
  • Users Guide with technical information
  • Superior Product and Customer Support from a company with combined experience of more than 50 years in the heating and cooling industry


               VIP 3000: $189.00
Free UPS Ground Shipping within the United States

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