[Nfbmo] I-Phone could take the win out of KNFB Reader.
sbwright95 at att.net
Tue Jun 29 16:16:50 UTC 2010
I am all for options and for affordability. If the Apple's OCR program is
comparable or even better than the KNFB Reader that is great. However, the
fact that the NFB and Kurzweill has developed the technology through many
years of work, has in and of itself led to making it possible.
The tone of the posts that the KNFB Reader is a rip off is a bit niave and
annoying given the years of work I have witnessed. Bravo for the work Apple
is doing; Bravo that technology is advancing and becoming more affordable;
Bravo to the pioneers who led the way!
From: nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Bryan Schulz
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:25 AM
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Subject: Re: [Nfbmo] I-Phone could take the win out of KNFB Reader.
any chance these phones have an option for not having to pay 30-60 bucks a
----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Olver" <goodfolks at charter.net>
To: <Blindad at babel-fish.us>; <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
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Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 7:17 AM
Subject: [Nfbmo] I-Phone could take the win out of KNFB Reader.
> the I phone will have an OCR app soon. thus no need to pay two grand for
> the kurzweil reader , phone , and talks or moble speak. the 3 g as well
> as the new 4g phone will work with this OCR software. and the I phone has
> it's own speech software which is FREE. So go and listen to the file
> below and see for yourself.
> SayText is an app designed especially for the visually impaired and by the
> way, it's free! In a few words to describe it's use, you need to place the
> iPhone on the center of a document. There's a big button for starting the
> tool, tap it. ?Slowly elevate the i Phohne upwards from the document until
> you hear a beep sound - this indicates, that the document is now fully in
> frame and the camera will shoot automatically, when the picture is stable
> / focused. ?Now only thing you have to do, is to wait for a few seconds.
> (You can tap the screen to hear the OCR progress, e.g. OCR 35%). ?When the
> OCR is ready you can start the voiceover to read the document out loud.
> The app should come to Appstore in a week or so. There is a website for
> There's also a video, where Mr. Heikki Ekola, a totally blind person uses
> it. He's representing the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired -
> You can find the video here:
> This video is also at the SayText homepage.
> Fred Olver
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