Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Amazing Israel - New Technology Provides The Blind With Eyes-Free Smartphone
An Israeli company has developed a new app that allows the blind to use smartphones.
The application, called RAY, is based on a regular Android smartphone with the American company Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, and it's expected to be on the market in about a month:
The multipurpose and easy-to-use phone is synchronized with the audio content of the Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped. After installing the application, users can use a touch screen, on which every finger movement triggers a certain function. Blind users, for example, can take pictures with a built-in camera of what is occurring in their homes and transmit the images to distant family members, allowing these family members to help out their blind relative without having to be physically present. A blind user can also choose music and books to listen to and almost all regular smartphone options are available.
The user interface supports a wide range of services including voice calls, text messaging with voice reading, navigation, object recognition, social networking services and access to audio books and other entertainment and leisure activities offered by the Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped.
It really makes you wonder...with all of the amazing technology Israel has developed, there have to be very few countries that have contributed so much to humanity as this one small nation.
That's something to consider when you hear talk from its neighbors about destroying it, especially when you consider what they've contributed to humanity in contrast.