Braille Book Review

May-June 2010

In Brief

Software that reads documents now runs on mobile phones

Kurzweil Technologies Inc. and the National Federation of the Blind have introduced a version of their print-reading software, the KNFB Reader Mobile, that comes installed on a pocket-sized multi-functional mobile phone. The KNFB Reader Mobile replaces the KNFB Reader Classic, a personal reading machine that is no longer available for purchase.

With the new KNFB Reader Mobile, a user can take a picture of printed text and have the character-recognition technology and high-quality text-to-speech application read the contents. At the same time, the user may have the printed text displayed on the phone's built-in screen with each word highlighted as it is spoken. The software also includes a feature that audibly identifies the colors of objects.

A tilt indicator helps the user orient the print-reading camera correctly. With a screen reader, users can access the device's telephone functions, including making and receiving calls and managing personal information through contacts and calendar applications. The KNFB Reader Mobile phone also has the ability to run accessible Global Positioning System (GPS) programs and provide access to Adobe PDF files, braille displays, music players, voice recorders, and more. The KNFB Reader Mobile is available with various features on several different cell phone models. The National Federation of the Blind has launched three low-interest loan programs for blind people interested in purchasing the KNFB Reader. For more information, call (415) 827-4084 or visit

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