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New App Helps the Blind to Recognize Objects

A new app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is designed to help people who are blind or visually impaired recognize everyday objects by using their device's camera.

Called the LookTel Recognizer, this is the second app released by NantWorks using their patented object recognition technology. The first, the LookTel Money Reader, was selected as the winner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman’s 2011 Awards for Advancements in Accessibility.

For the Looktel Recognizer, users first build their item database by capturing an image of each item and recording an audio description. The LookTel Recognizer will then immediately recognize the item the next time the phone camera is pointed at it.

Development of the technology was supported by National Institutes of Health research grants from the National Eye Institute and the National Institute of Aging.

Demonstration video (provided by LookTel):

Last reviewed on September 14, 2015

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