[AI] FW: Accessible Devices LookTel Smart Phone Software
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Subject: Accessible Devices LookTel Smart Phone Software
From: "Accessible Devices" <parker2745 at accessible-devices.com>
Date: 24/04/2010 2:44 pm
We offer the following information, but caution that this is currently in beta. Unfortunately, as with most software of this type, it's quite expensive. This is all the information we currently have available.
A Smartphone that Sees For You
Software from LookTel on a Windows-based smartphone uses "augmented reality" to help
the vision-impaired and elderly
April 23, 2010
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shows some of the ways the LookTel application can help people with visual and other
A new set of software that works with relatively inexpensive smart phones could help
visually disabled people and the elderly. Using a technology called "augmented reality",
the software can help people by recognizing text, objects and places.
Augmented Reality, or AR, uses location and visual information from a camera to supply
a smartphone user with extra information about their surroundings. For an introduction
to AR, you can take a look at
my hands-on with Spyglass
, the augmented reality navigation application.
takes AR technology and applies it to a very real problem. It was developed by
, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the National Eye Institute,
the Department of Veterans Affairs and a research organization for aides for the
blind, to help people who can't see well or may become disoriented.
The Windows Mobile application uses character recognition technology and a voice
synthesizer to read labels to the smartphone user. All that processing can't be
done on the smartphone, so character and object recognition software are part of
LookTel's "base station" software, which runs on a Windows-based home computer. You
can also add coded labels to objects , as this
shows, and associate those labels with voice descriptions of objects you put them
The app also can connect a user to a real person for assistance by connecting back
to the application's Windows PC-based "base station" software:
For more complicated visual tasks such as locating a specific street corner or bus
stop, LookTel enables you to remotely connect to another person for assistance. Not
only can you talk to them, but you can also transmit live video from the cell phone's
camera so that they can see your surroundings and help you with orientation, recognizing
objects and media, and more. Your position will also be shown to them on Google Maps
using the GPS services available on smart phones. These services aim to help users
to independently go about daily activities with the confidence that they will have
the assistance they need anytime, anywhere.
LookTel is currently in testing, and is available on pre-configured HTC smartphones
and mobile Internet devices. Ipplex hasn't published the pricing for the technology,
but is offering it at a discount during testing.
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