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March 2014

Samsung Phone Accessories for the Visually Impaired

I am always seeking upgrades and gadgets that will help me in day to day activities and just heard about some advancements that Samsung is doing with their phones.

SamsungSamsung added some software features for the visually-impaired to its Galaxy Core Advance late last year, and now it’s released some physical ones as well. The Ultrasonic Cover, Optical Scan Stand, and Voice Labels, all make it easier for those with difficulty seeing to navigate and access information.

The Ultrasonic Cover is a case that can be used to detect objects in the surrounding environment. It vibrates, or sends a Text-to-Speech alert, when an object is near, and can detect items up to 2 meters away.

To make it easier to read, Samsung created the Optical Scan Stand, which can identify text and read it aloud using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Users just have to dock their phone in the stand, and place a piece of text at the base of the reader for it work.

The final piece of accessibility tech is an NFC-based Voice Label option, which makes it easy to record notes and other audio information. Samsung suggests it’s a device that could be useful for recording short reminders about how to use a particular gadgets.