An iPhone money reader app by LookTel has been developed for the blind and visually impaired.
The speaking-assistive application is designed with revolutionary recognition technology, instantly recognizing home and foreign currency and enabling the blind or visually impaired user to know exactly which monetary currency they are handling. The talking app works when the user points the device’s camera towards the note whilst it reads the bill in real-time.
At present, the application supports the reading of twenty-one different currencies, including those of the US and Australian Dollar, GB Pound and a large variety of international currencies from Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle and Far East and Asia.
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The Money Reader app is available not only for iPhone, but also for the iPod Touch, iPad 2, with the development of further supplementary applications presently in progress.
With this app, there is no longer the need to hold your phone absolutely still if you are in a hurry, as you would do with a barcode reader, whilst you wait, embarrassed, in front of the vender for the result. The app’s ability to recognize the note is instant and functions without the Internet, enabling the user to read money at any time, anywhere.
An additional aspect specifically for the visually impaired is that the reader also has an enlarged visual display of numerals to make use of.
This smart app, which comes in at a price of around US $11.00 (GBP 7.00), not only reads foreign currency but it also has its own Voice Over support, delivered to you in a multitude of foreign languages, from Danish, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese and Russian.
But wait, there’s more. Should you want to obtain more privacy, preferring instead to count your money by yourself, away from nosey onlookers, you can still do so with the LookTel Money Reader for Mac. This is the first money reader on the market for Apple computers, available for either laptop or desktop.
Anther LookTel application available is the LookTel Recognizer, which is designed to recognize everyday objects such as packaged food goods, ID cards or compact discs in your music collection. This real-time smart technology app operates and develops on the basis of a library being built as the app begins to recognize more and more of your items.
Both apps are available from the App Store.
Written by: Brucella Newman