Verizon Wireless Offers the Visually Impaired Speech Tool
Today Verizon Wireless announced a new service for the blind and visually impaired called Talks. Talks converts on-screen text into speech so the visually impaired will know what is on the screen. This means it can be used to search through contacts, compose SMS/MMS/email messages, interact with Mobile Office and mobile Internet Explorer. Users of Talks will also be able to control the volume and rate of speech playback. Talks will initially be available on the Motorola Q9c, which runs Windows Mobile. The Q9c with Talks will be available starting March 15 for $250 after rebates with new agreement.
Google's Lookout App to Help Visually Impaired Learn About Surroundings
Google hopes its new app, called Lookout, will assist the blind and visually impaired as they navigate through their environment. Google says the app is intended to work when the owner's phone is worn around their neck in a lanyard with the camera facing outwards.
Google's Speech-to-Text App Gains New Powers
Google recently updated its Text-to-Speech app for Android devices and gave the tool a handful of new features. The app adds support for Bengali, Danish, English, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, and Mandarin.
Project Tango Adds Indoor Positioning Tool
Project Tango, Google's augmented reality platform, gains a new virtual position system that can locate phones indoors. Google envisions it as a helpful tool in retail and similar environments, helping people navigate stores to find items.
Verizon Talks Up Android Pay, Says Still Looking at Samsung Pay
Verizon Wireless today took the time to tout the benefits of Android Pay, the new mobile payment app and service from Google. Android Pay is a relaunch of Softcard, which Google bought from Verizon (and AT&T/T-Mobile) earlier this year.
LG Terra, Flip World Phone, Lands On Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless recently added the LG Terra to its lineup of basic feature phones. The Terra is a flip phone that runs a simple operating system with features such as text-to-speech for listening to text messages and photo ID for identifying incoming calls.