Menus That Talk

May 19, 2007 at 12:59 am 2 comments

The light-bulb moment came over lunch and laughs last summer at the Olive Garden in West Miami as Susan Perry struggled to read the menu to her visually impaired niece.

Jessica MacWithey, 24, has macular degeneration, Perry, 50, had forgotten her reading glasses, and the blind-leading-the-blind scenario cracked them up.

”I joked that we needed a braille menu,” Perry says. ‘But Jessica informed me that most legally blind people don’t read braille. Then I thought, `Wow, what we need is something that speaks.’ ”

Less than a year later, Perry is heading to Chicago to launch her invention, Menus That Talk, at this weekend’s National Restaurant Association show.

Perry says she’s invested $250,000 into the project and bets she can turn a profit before the year is out.

Her aim is to convince some of the nearly one million U.S. restaurants — roughly a third are chains — to buy talking menus to serve visually impaired Americans.

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  • 1. anon  |  May 19, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Woosh if they can’t read menus and are out to eat at the Olive Garden lets all hope for our own safety that they walked there.

    Seriously though how often does it occur that a visually impaired person is solo with no one to assist them with reading a menu to them . . . including perhaps the waiter who should be available for that task. I don’t know . . Just askin

  • 2. bisi  |  May 19, 2007 at 5:45 am

    If the product was cheaper maybe it would be easier to sell but you never know . I have seen strager products succeed an example would be the ugly dolls .


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