Mobile phones are a massive part of today’s society, there has been many advances in technology which are increasingly designed to improve a visually impaired person’s use of a phone. From Software to App’s designed for the blind its never been easier to use a mobile phone.
VoiceOver is screen reading software that has long been used by blind people working on their Mac desktops and laptops. This software is currently only available on the iPhone.
Top commands on iPhone VoiceOver are:
LookTel Money Reader:
This app recognises currency enabling blind and visually impaired people to quickly identify notes. All you do is Point the iPhone camera at any money and LookTel’s object recognition technology via VoiceOver tells users the denomination in real time.
This app scans text within any image, such as a medical form or restaurant menu, and reads it aloud. Center the document under the iPhone camera and double-tap the “Take Picture” button. Then raise it slowly: a beep indicates that the entire document is in the phone’s frame. The app’s Optical Character Recognition utility then scans the text. Tap the screen for status updates. Once scanned, swipe right on the screen to hear the document.
This app when used with the iPhone camera has the ability to speak colour names aloud. Blind people will never wear mix-matched socks or the wrong shirt again. An interesting offshoot is using the app to distinguish shades of sky, enabling one to experience sunsets or gauge possible weather changes.
This app enables blind people to label everyday items with special coded stickers. Users scan each sticker with the iPhone camera and record and replay via VoiceOver up to a 1-minute audio message identifying what’s being labelled. The app is ideal for organising DVD collections, labelling boxes etc. Stickers can be erased and recorded over.
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This app is a tutorial for self-paced braille instruction. It translates English letters and words into the six-dot cells of the characters comprising the braille alphabet. Users can store the side-by-side images. The app teaches letters, words, and contractions and has built-in quizzes and a Help section to reinforce learning.
The Talking Calculator:
This easy-to-read app calculator speaks button names, numbers, and answers aloud through a customisable built-in directory that lets users record their own voice. Button names are spoken as your finger moves over the screen. Double tapping activates enters buttons. The calculator also has a high-contrast display mode to enhance visibility.
VizWiz is an iPhone app that allows blind users to receive quick answers to questions about their surroundings. VizWiz combines automatic image processing, anonymous web workers, and members of the user’s social network in order to collect fast and accurate answers to their questions