New app gives sight to the blind!
A new app turns out to be groundbreaking for the visually impaired, by recognizing words better and reading them out loud.
That the smartphone has drastically changed our lives is beyond dispute. We almost cannot live without them anymore. However, the new KNFB Reader App could become indispensable for the visually impaired.
Photos taken with the new app, that just became available for iOS and will come out for Android in the coming months, uses smart algorithms to turn all the text in the image directly into audio and read this out loud.
Blind people can suddenly read lunch menus or restaurants opening hours. The purchasing price of the app costs 90(!) dollars. Although it is a quite expensive app, realize what amount of money you would be willing to pay when you, for instance, will become blind. The first reactions to the app that costs 90 dollars, has been overwhelmingly positive.
The app uses new pattern algorithms, image processing technology and new smartphone hardware to immediately read the text out loud. The user can even take pictures at an angle or at Powerpoint slides at a distance of more than seven meters. With the app, a text can be photographed and converted into a Braille display.
The app is the result of a 40-year collaboration between the National Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil, inventor and now Google employee. At that time, Kurzweil started to work on a reading machine for blind people. A few years later, Kurzweil came up with its first reading machine. Costing $50,000 and had the size of a washing machine.
Kurzweil is now experimenting the integration of the Google Glass, an ideal combination because the glasses with built-in camera is always pointing to what the user is trying to read. Do you think that this application can become groundbreaking?