ViaOptaDaily app, optimized for iPhone (compatible on iPad iOS 6) and Android is a free app created by Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation. As a free app it provides the following six tools for individuals with visual impairment in their daily life:
- Weather – (Current and three day forecast)
- Magnifying glass
- Color recognizer
- Money recognizer (US Dollars and Euros)
- Provides seven languages built in (English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese)
ViaOptaDaily app for iOS and Android provides a voice guide and audible tutorial in each section. It offers different contrast modes or a blind mode and reportedly has its own text to speech that runs along with Voiceover in iOS.
AppleVis, a website dedicated to finding and reviewing iOS /Mac apps for blind and low vision users, reported ViaOptaDaily as fully accessible with Voiceover and reported it to contain useful features. AppleVis review stated “For being FREE, it is not a bad little Swiss army knife of tools that one can use on a daily basis ” (retrieved on 12/7/2014 from: http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/viaoptadaily).
Free is always good when it provides functional tools! For students or adults with visual impairment, this might be a free tools that will support greater independence in daily living tasks. This might be an app that could support individuals with reading challenges have access to weather or accessing contacts. Check out or share this app with others that might have a need for magnification, contrast, identification of money and colors or easy access to weather and contacts.
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