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Nokia knfbReader Mobile

By: Bianca Bartz - Published: Oct 30, 2008 • References: knfbreader and boston
This incredible Nokia cell phone could revolutionize communication for blind people. While the phone only costs $600, it's the $2,400 software by KNFB Reading Technologies Inc. that will bring independence back to the visually impaired.

When the camera in the phone captures an image of text, the device can translate it into audible speech. Peter Alan Smith uses his phone to read restaurant menus; he captures the image, then listens to the options through an ear piece.

Imagine how complicated life would be if you couldn't read; either you would rely on standard choices in situations like food ordering, or you would have to settle for dependence on those around you.

"At work, I can take a picture of two different documents to figure out which is which," Smith said. "At home, if I'm making chili, I can take a picture of a can to make sure it's the kidney beans before I open it."

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