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Blind and Partially Sighted Solutions

Screen Readers

SCREEN READER

People who are totally blind are absolutely not able to interact with the computer without assistive technologies.
In order to overcome this barrier, they mostly use Screen Reader software and Braille displays.

In simple terms, a screen reader system speaks all the information in a human voice which comes on the screen as well as the text, which is typed on the keyboard.

A Braille display makes the same information appear on a Braille line which Blind people can read with their fingers.


A new innovative Product

In the UK over 97% of people that are registered blind have some degree of residual vision. At the moment the equipment usually provided is a magnifying solution that consists of a movable platter that the document is placed on, a video camera and monitor for reading paper documents and a separate screen reader for electronic documents. This equipment is expensive, non portable and offers limited assistance.

The AME Sight app combines the abilities of both, but significantly extends the functionality. When it is sold it will sold as a package consisting of the software, a Google Nexus 10 Android tablet and a custom designed collapsible stand that will make it possible for the user to capture a clear, still, focused image.

This equipment will fit in a small laptop bag and can be taken and used by the owners at their place of work or school.

The app initially captures an image of the document which can be magnified. The first improvement over existing solutions is that guidelines are placed over the image so that going from one line of text to the next is much easier. Additional functionality not available in other products is that the document can be saved to be read later or sent by email.

The next thing that the app does that completely distinguishes it from existing solutions is that the image is processed with an OCR (optical character recognition) engine and converted to pure text. The user of the app can switch between viewing the original image or pure text. If viewing just text the font size, text colour and background colour can be changed to suit the user’s level of impairment.


Finally the biggest improvement over existing solutions is that the text can be read to the user and the app can be controlled completely by spoken commands.


This is a unique functionality that is not available in any competing product and opens the app to users with more severe visual impairment than any existing product.


For electronic communications the app includes a web browser that switches to a plain text view in a font of whatever size suits the user and also allows the pasting of text from any source that can be copied to the tablet's clipboard, for example emails pdf documents. As with the physical document reader the text can be saved, emailed and read aloud by the app.

For further information please  Freephone 0800 019 4540

 

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