New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 20, 2014

“A new app that allows blind people to listen to an audio readback of printed text is receiving rave reviews,” according to Reuters. “It 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 National Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil, a well known artificial intelligence scientist and senior Google employee. According to its website, KNFB Reading Technology and Sensotec, a Belgium based company, led the technical development of the app.

“Kurzweil, who demonstrated the app on stage at the NFB’s annual convention in June, said it can replace a sighted advisor.” […]

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National Federation of the Blind | Snap pictures, listen to printed text read aloud, store and share documents and more using the KNFB Reader iPhone app. The KNFB Reader app for iPhone is available in the Apple iTunes app store.