App Allows Blind People to Listen to an Audio Readback of Printed Text

#Telephone

Sun, Sep 21st, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Retailing at $99, the KNFB Reader app allows blind people to snap photos of printed text and have the phone read it out loud. The app is reported to be surprisingly accurate.

Taking advantage of new pattern recognition and image- processing technology as well as new smartphone hardware, the app allows users to adjust or tilt the camera, and reads printed materials out loud. People with refreshable Braille displays can now snap pictures of print documents and display them in Braille near-instantaneously, said NFB spokesman Chris Danielsen.

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