[nfbmi-talk] FYI - free money reader app
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Fri Apr 22 16:24:19 UTC 2011
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Larry PosontFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dawn R. Haley (202) 874-3545 Darlene
Anderson (202) 874-2229
Bureau of Engraving and Printing Launches EyeNote(tm)App to Help the
Blind and Visually Impaired Denominate US Currency
(Washington, DC -April 20, 2011) The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
(BEP) has developed a free downloadable application (app) to assist the
blind and visually impaired denominate US currency. The app is called
EyeNote(tm). EyeNote(tm) is a mobile device app designed for Apple
iPhone (3G, 3Gs, 4), and the 4th Generation iPod Touch and iPad2
platforms, and is available starting today through the Apple iTunes App
EyeNote(tm) uses image recognition technology to determine a note's
denomination. The mobile device's camera requires 51 percent of a note's
scanned image, front or back, to process. In a matter of seconds,
EyeNote(tm) can provide an audible or vibrating response, and can
denominate all Federal Reserve notes issued since 1996. Free downloads
will be available whenever new US currency designs are introduced.
Research indicates that more than 100,000 blind and visually impaired
individuals currently own an Apple iPhone.
The EyeNoteTM app is one of a variety of measures the government is
working to deploy to assist the visually impaired community to
denominate currency, as proposed in a recent Federal Register notice.
These measures include implementing a Currency Reader Program whereby a
United States resident, who is blind or visually impaired, may obtain a
coupon that can be applied toward the purchase of a device to denominate
United States currency; continuing to add large high contrast numerals
and different background colors to redesigned currency; and, raised
tactile features may be added to redesigned currency, which would
provide users with a means of identifying each denomination via touch.
More information is available at www.eyenote.gov
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