Monday, September 29, 2014

New Smartphone App for Blind and Vision Impaired Users

We came across this great app recently which provides assistance to people who are blind or vision impaired.

The app called KNFB Reader takes a picture of text using the phone's camera then converts this and reads it out loud to the user.

It's packed with some pretty cool extra features including the ability to import, OCR and read image based PDF and JPG. It will export HTML and TXT files to cloud storage including Dropbox and Google Drive.  

The app also has multi language support. It can recognise and read printed materials in a variety of languages including: English, French, German, Dutch(Belgium), Dutch(Netherlands), Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, and Norwegian. 

It's currently available for iPhone 5 & 6 for $99.99 which might seem a bit for an app, but considering what it's capable of - it's a lot cheaper than similar purpose built units / hardware using this technology.

 An Android version is currently in development.

Check out the launch presentation audio here  or check out the video below:

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