[nfbmi-talk] FYI - free money reader app

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Fri Apr 22 16:26:50 UTC 2011

Thanks. I did know about this, but have yet to get an i-phone...
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Larry Posont" <president.nfb.mi at gmail.com>
To: "NFBofMichigan List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2011 12:24 PM
Subject: [nfbmi-talk] FYI - free money reader app

> I thought you might like to see this.
> 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
> Store.
> 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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