Nuance's S60 5th Ed. Software TALKS to the Visually Impaired
Today Nuance Communications introduced TALKS 5.0, new software for S60 5th Edition handsets that will read displayed text to the blind or visually impaired. The software can interact with many of S60 5th Edition's features, including the contact directory, caller ID, text messaging, and the Web browser. The software features an exploration mode that lets users slide their finger across the screen to hear menus, applications, widgets, and text. It also works with software keyboards to permit text entry. The software is licensed to the user's SIM card, allowing them to use many different touch phones without the need to re-purchase or license the software. It is available starting today in 20 different languages.
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Instagram today introduced two new tools that the visually impaired can put to use. First, Instagram is turning on automatic alternative text so the visually impaired can hear better, more detailed descriptions of photos that are displayed under the Feed, Explore, and Profile tabs.
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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.
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Google Lookout is a free app that uses AI to identify things it sees through the phone's camera and describe it to a visually-impaired user. The company announced this week that the app is available now for English speakers in the US with a Google Pixel phone.
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Microsoft today revealed a wholly redesigned version of Outlook Mobile for iOS devices. Not only did Microsoft give the app a fresh coat of paint, it tweaked many of the tap and swipe actions to help speed up and simplify users' daily routines.