New Android App Uses Phone’s Camera to Read Out Loud

A new fully accessible app created for the android operating system called Text Detective reads text from a page out loud. By pointing the phone’s camera at text the user can hear it read aloud as well as edit, copy and paste the text into documents, emails or other apps. The Detective works best with clean and crisp text and can help a user read mail, menus, cards, product packages, medication labels and other print.

The app, which has great implications for individuals who are blind, was created by Blindsight and supported in part by SBIR grants from the National Institutes of Health. It is available for $1.99 on Google play.

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