Character Recognition Technology in Cell Phones

By: 10x Marketing

Cell phones today have reached far beyond their “emergency telephone” status for the family car and have become pieces of technology that entertains us, navigates us as well as documents our lives with digital photos. Thanks to modern advances in technology, the cell phone design has drastically changed. The standard touch pad keyboard of the telephone number pad is now a touch screen with the ability to perform several functions from planning appointments to Internet search or taking photos effortlessly. With “show stopping” developments in cell phone gadgets also brings exciting advancements for people with disabilities.
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Blind cell phone users are now able to use new character recognition technology in custom created cell phones.

Using a high resolution camera, these phones will capture an image of text, “read” the content using character recognition software and then repeat the words allowed to the user using synthetic speech. This text to speech technology also allows other people with disabilities who are able to read the screen, to enlarge the screen of the captured content and read it more clearly. As a great majority of our population gets older, the elderly population will greatly benefit from new character recognition possibilities. This new technology already provides a level of independence for people with disabilities not previous available. This technology offers the user a quick and portable solution for work, school and in daily life such as menu reading or bus schedules. What’s more, people who fear losing an occupation due to failing sight, or fear asking assistance for small reading tasks as they age will find comfort in new cell phone options.
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Cell phones continue to advance and progress as more than just mobile communication devices. Besides being able to watch movies, type on almost full sized keyboards, users can capture video play music and depend on their cell phones for time keeping and scheduling. With cell phone technology, we lost our wrist watches, our paper calendars and even our clunky alarm clocks. Perhaps our televisions, remote controls and computers are next.

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