Explore CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home

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Every Canadian with sight loss has the right to access accessible technology, but we know transportation can be a barrier. The solution? CNIB SmartLife brings the showroom to you.

The CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home program allows participants to test cutting-edge accessible devices from the comfort of their own homes and beyond. Our unique mission is to improve access and positively impact the well-being of all Canadians living with sight loss.

How does it work?

1. Needs Assessment

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Connect with a SmartLife Coach on the phone or online to discuss the products that meet your needs and fit your lifestyle.

2. Book Trial 

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 Complete a loan agreement and pay your security deposit.

3. Explore & Evaluate

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Enjoy a 1:1 coaching session with a SmartLife Coach and start exploring your new products anywhere, and everywhere.

4. Get your New Product

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 Return your demo and we’ll ship you a brand-new product.

Who is it for?

CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home is available for anyone living with sight loss who would like to try innovative products.

What products are included?

  • Digital Handheld Magnifiers such as the Explore 8, Ruby 7 and many more.
  • Sight Enhancement / Sight Substitution Technology such as Orcam, Envision and more.
  • More coming soon.

Check out the CNIB Smartlife catalogue to browse the most popular items from CNIB SmartLife’s wide range of helpful consumer products.

Trending products including Envision Glasses, Vision Buddy, and Explore 5

What products can be trialled in this program?

Portable Electronic Video Magnifiers: 


Compact 10 HD Portable Video Magnifier

Ruby XL HD Video Magnifier

Ruby 7 HD Red Handheld Video Magnifier

Ruby 10 HD Speech Video Magnifier


Explore 5 Portable Video Magnifier

Explore 8 Video Magnifier

Explore 12 KIT Device and Stand

Smartlux 2 Digital Portable Video Magnifier


Wearable Electronic Video Magnifiers:


IrisVision Inspire

Vision Buddy TV

Vision Buddy Pro

eSight 4


Wearable Text-To-Speech devices:


Envision Glasses Home Titanium Frame

OrCam MyEye Pro Assistive Eyewear

OrCam Read Smart Assistive Eyewear


Standalone - Text-To-Speech:

ClearReader+ With Battery

LyriQ Reader with Keypad


Braille Keyboards: 

Hable One

Blindshell Classic 2 Red Cellular Phone 


Orientation and Mobility Assistants:


Why choose CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home?

CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home is an interactive retail experience like no other. What makes us different?

  • Try products risk free, and from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
  • Our experienced and knowledgeable SmartLife Coaches will help you try devices that best suit your needs.
  • Exclusive products from the most innovative retailers in accessible technology.
  • Ideal if you are unable to visit one of our many CNIB SmartLife locations across Canada.
  • We invest all our proceeds back into CNIB to help provide life-changing programs for people with sight loss.

What our participants are saying

“I was sent the Explore5 and within two days I knew this is the device for me. It is smaller and easier when I am shopping and fits into my purse. I couldn’t be more pleased with my new product.” – Beverly H., Participant

“I recently purchased the Vision Buddy. I can now watch football, hockey, and other shows and actually see who the people are. I received excellent customer service and it has made a big difference in my viewing pleasure.” – Bob C., Participant

How to get started

  1. Needs assessment
  2. Book your trial
  3. Explore and evaluate
  4. Get your new product

To get started, fill out this form to complete the needs assessment and book your trial.

Contact us

Phone: 1-866-659-1843

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST.
Email: SmartLifeTechhome@cnib.ca