Google backs development of ‘text recognition app’ for blind

KNFB ReaderBALTIMORE — The American  National Federation of the Blind has announced that Google continues its support of the development and distribution of KNFB Reader. For a limited time, KNFB Reader will be offered for the reduced price of $19.99 for the Android app.

KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud. It’s easy to use. Take a photo and the app reads the text aloud in clear synthetic speech. And it’s fast–the print will be yours almost instantaneously.

The app is fully accessible thanks to Google TalkBack and app functionalities that guide the blind user in independently taking the perfect picture. The app can currently recognize text in nineteen different languages, and is compatible with connected Braille displays.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are delighted that continued support from Google will allow us to further develop the KNFB Reader app and to get this life-changing technology into the hands of more people who can benefit from it. We deeply appreciate Google’s continued support because it means that more people who are blind or who have print disabilities will have a quick and convenient means of accessing the printed word.”

One new KNFB Reader user said, “I had a minor medical procedure recently and upon discharge I was given a pile of papers which included my reported results. For the first time in my life, I was able to read my report in privacy and independently. If you are still wondering whether to buy this app, all I can say is that for me it was a good investment. I can imagine myself using the KNFB reader on a daily basis.”

To purchase KNFB Reader, visit the Google Play store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

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. – USNewswire

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