[NFBOK-Talk] KNFB Reader Integrated with Dropbox, NOW Available for Android

Jeannie Massay jmassay1 at cox.net
Sat Nov 21 18:44:31 UTC 2015



John G. Paré, Jr. 
Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy 
National Federation of the Blind
410-659-9314, ext. 2218
410-917-1965 (Cell)
jpare at nfb.org <mailto:jpare at nfb.org> 

KNFB Reader Integrated with Dropbox, Available for Android


Baltimore, Maryland (November 20, 2015): The National Federation of the
Blind <https://nfb.org>  (NFB), in conjunction with Sensotec NV, is pleased
to announce that the KNFB Reader is now available for Android devices.
Released for iOS in 2014, the KNFB Reader app uses optical character
recognition (OCR) technology to take a picture of printed text using the
built-in cameras available on smart phones and tablets and convert it into
speech. Now, in response to popular demand, we are proud to bring the reader
to the Android platform.


In addition to the Android version of the app, we have added new features to
the iOS app. One of the most exciting of these is integration with the
popular file storage, sharing, and collaboration platform, Dropbox. Now,
when users scan a document with the KNFB Reader, it can be instantly saved
in a Dropbox folder tied to the user’s account. Users can even retrieve
documents from Dropbox after they are deleted from their smart phone or
other device. Other features include “stand scan mode,” which is used to
scan large numbers of pages, and the ability for Android users to try the
app before buying. 


Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:
“The KNFB Reader is already a worldwide success for its outstanding optical
character recognition technology. We are now striving to make the app more
functional and useful in everyday life across multiple platforms and
devices. We are proud that this life-changing app is now available to users
of Android devices, and we believe that integration with Dropbox will make
the app dramatically more useful by allowing for the easy storage and
retrieval of scanned documents without taking up valuable space on users’
phones. We will continue working to make the KNFB Reader an indispensable
app for blind people and others who cannot read print the world over.”


Arden Hoffman, Dropbox’s global head of HR, added: "At Dropbox we've been
working to raise awareness of accessibility in everything we do, from how we
recruit to how we make products, with the goal of building global technology
that's usable by all people. We're thrilled to integrate with the KNFB
Reader, an app that utilizes the best in accessibility tech, to take the
next step towards this goal."






About the National Federation of the Blind


The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back.


About Dropbox


Dropbox's mission is to simplify the way people work together. With 400
million users, we're building the world's simplest, most powerful
collaboration platform. For more information, please visit


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