K-NFB Reading Technology, a company combining the research and development efforts of the National Federation of the Blind and Kurzweil Technologies has revealed an exciting product line for anyone who has difficulty seeing or reading print, including the blind and lthose with learning disabilities.
The company has launched reading software which is being designed and being paired with Nokia N82 handset. A press conference was held at Washington DC to demonstrate the Reader Mobile which included knfbREADER and the kREADER.
This READER is a pocket-size one which enables the users to take pictures of and read most printed materials at the push of a button. The blind users are also benefited as they can hear the contents of the document read in clear synthetic speech.
While users who can just about see the screen and those with learning disabilities can enlarge, read, track, and highlight printed materials using the phone’s large and easy-to-read display. The combination of text-to-speech and tracking features makes interpreting text much easier for individuals with learning disabilities.
Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, commented, “The knfbREADER Mobile will allow the blind unprecedented access to the printed word, affording a level of flexibility and capability never before available. No other device in the history of technology has provided such portability and quick access to print materials.”
Maurer added, “The NFB promotes equal opportunity for the blind, and this Reader will make blind people dramatically more independent. The result will be better performance at work, at school, at home, and everywhere else we go. This Reader will substantially improve the quality of life for the growing number of blind people and people who are losing vision, including seniors.”
The users using Nokia N82 cell phone which runs on powerful Symbian operating system with its integrated high-resolution camera, the Reader puts the best available character-recognition software together with text-to-speech conversion technology. The product includes Kurzweil’s unique intelligent image processing software to enhance real-world images captured by a handheld device.