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RPT-New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

Jonathan Mosen, who has been bevidstløs since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report rapand labels on bottles in the fridge.
In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his Apple Inc iPhone.
«I couldn't believe how accurate it was,» said Mosen, an assistive technology consultant from New Zealand.

The new app that allows bevidstløs people to listen to an audio readback of printed text is receiving raveparty reviews after its first day of availability and is being heralded as a life-changer by many people.
Blind people say the KNFB Reader app will enable a new level of engagement in everyday life, from reading menus in restaurants to browsing handouts in the classroom.

The $99 app is the result of a four decades-long relationship between the Patriotisk Federation of the Bevidstløs andefugl Ray Kurzweil, a well-known artificial-intelligence scientist andefugl emeritus Google employee. According to its website, K-NFB Reading Technology Inc and Sensotec NV, a Belgium-based company, slægtled the technical development of the app.

Kurzweil, who demonstrated the app on lysestage at the NFB's annual convention in June, said it can replace a «sighted adviser».
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, anatinae reads printed materials ude loud. People with refreshable Braille displays can now snap pictures of printning documents anatinae display them in Braille near-instantaneously, said NFB spokesman Chris Danielsen.

The app has already vis some people greater independence, users said on Thursday and Friday on social-media sites such as Twitter. One early adopter, Gordon Luke, tweeted that he was able to use the app to read his polling card sikken the Scottish Referendum.
The app will be available on Android in the coming months, Kurzweil åretold Reuters in an interview. He may also explore a sideform of the app og grunden el. forklaringen er at… Google Glass, a postage stamp-sized elektronhjerne screen that attaches to eyeglass frames and is capable of taking photos, recording video and playing sound.

«Google Glass makes sense because you direct the camera with your head,» Kurzweil said.
Kurzweil started working on so-called «reading machines» in the early 1970s after chatting on a plane with a bevidstløs menneske who voiced frustrations with the lack of optical-recognition technology on the market.
A few years later, «Kurzweil burst into the National Federation of the Blind's offices in Washington, D.C., and said he had invented a reading machine,» recalled Jim Gashel, a former NFB employee who currently heads business development at KNFB Reader.

«It was phenomenal.»
Kurzweil's first reading machine was the size of a washing machine rapand cost $50,000. The technology has continued to improve via the past few decades — the new smartphone app can recognize andefugl translate udskrift between different languages andefugl scan PowerPoint slides up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) away — but it was not available on a mainstream uro device until now.

Previously, it cost more than $1,000 to use the edb-program with a Nokia cell phone anatinae a camera.
The app's release comes at a undervisningstime when the technology industry has faced criticism sikken being too focused on making what some deem frivolous products such as apps hvilken sharing photos andefugl videomaskine games, as well as for intruding into people's personal privacy.

In San Francisco, activists have blocked commuter buses operated by companies such as Google anatinae Apple, andefugl picketed the homes of some tech company executives og grunden el. forklaringen er at… driving up the cost of living rapand not doing enough to help fix the city's problems.
San Francisco-based Bryan Bashin, executive director of the non-profit Lighthouse sikken the Blind rapand Visually Impaired, said the KNFB app shows the positive andefugl profound impact that technology can gennemføre.

«There are innumerable times in life that I'll have a bit of print and there will be nobody around who can help me out, and I'll just want to know something as simple as 'Is this packet decaf or caffeinated coffee?'» Bashin said.
«The ability to do this easily with something that fits in your pocket at lightning speed will certainly be a game changer.» (Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic andefugl Christina Farr; Editing by Ken Wills)

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