Apps for the Blind and Visually Impaired

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

I have a friend who was born completely blind, but despite this, she has made a wonderful life for herself, raised a family, and enjoyed a career as an online instructor. That being said, there are still areas of her life in which she must rely on the help of others: identifying dollar bills so she can mark them, matching her clothes after they are laundered, and shopping on her own. Now, with the help of technology, there’s an app for many of these tasks!!

Appadvice.com is a web site dedicated to exploring apps and categorizing them for all users, and they have a page that lists apps beneficial for the blind and visually impaired. This list includes LookTel Money Reader, an app which tells the user the denomination of the bill just from a photo taken from their phone; Color ID Free, which can “read” the color of an item (such as the color of your pants or shirts); VM Alert, a video motion detector that will let you know when someone quietly approaches; and VizWiz, an app which can identify objects from photos taken on your phone.

This information should be shared with anyone who is visually impaired as the information could be life-changing, but it also includes apps that everyone could find useful. Awareness! The Headphone App is a must-have for joggers, Glucose Buddy for the diabetic, and 5- Radio Pro Police Scanner for those who hate to leave their police scanners at home!

This great site was mentioned by Mark Brumley on Twitter. Have you Twittered today??

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