|03-03-2008, 06:44 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Republic of Texas Embassy at Jackson, TN
Device: Nook GL+
A tool for the visually impaired: your cell phone can read to you.
Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader application teaches your cellphone to read aloud.
Here's a dandy product from knfb Reading Technology, Inc. that uses OCR and 'read aloud' software to allow camera-equipped cell phones to read text aloud to their users. This isn't really a new application, per se (though it's certainly new to me), but a new version of an existing one.
It has an impressive list of accessibility features, among them, reading PDF files on the phone is of particular interest. If I'm inferring correctly, it actually replaces the normal operating applications of the phone, but keeps the standard functions like phone calling intact.
Here are some of the things it can do:
Some of the nifty things about it can do are: it apparently has specific reading modes for books, articles, labels, bills and memos; it includes text navigation by sentence, word, character; it has a user self-training feature for taking pictures; allows import/export TXT files; saves documents and image files either automatically, or manually; and it saves settings to and loads them from memory a card.
You can find out all the nitty gritty on it at knbf Reading Technology's website. The hat tip on this one goes to coolest-gadgets.com.
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