Software Identifies Objects Aloud Using a Phone


One of the aspects of mobile technology I love to most see are those that help folks with an impairment of some type. And in this case, “seeing is believing.” Check the video demonstration of iVisit’s SeeScan demo application running on an HTC handheld sent to us from the Daily Mobile Blog. Using the phone’s camera, a visually impaired person can have the phone identify objects and read them aloud.

At first, I thought this solution was based solely on OCR, or Optical Character Recognition. Even if that’s all it was, I was impressed by how quickly it could “read” words, compute what they were and then speak them aloud on a relatively low powered mobile handset. There’s more to SeeScan than OCR, however: Folding up a $20 bill to hide the “20” and the word “dollars” yields the correct result with uncanny accuracy.



That is really cool and it’s also one of the first times I’ve seen something like this and thought that it actually could help someone with vision problems. Presumably this is running on Windows Mobile too.

This reminds me of the equally cool dialer for the blind running on Android that hit the tubes a few weeks ago. Here we go:


Is this real? It could be a marketing stunt or there could be someone at the other end of the camera identifying stuff.

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