This deal may not be for everyone, but for individuals with low vision or blindness who might have been sitting on the fence with purchasing – it might be the deal maker. The KNFB Reader app is now 25% reduced to 74.99 (regularly 99.99).
So is it worth it ? Here’s some information about the app and resources for you to research and then decide…
KNFB Reader app allows OCR scanning and reading text with text to speech using mobile devices. The sequel to the KNFB Reader phone sold several years ago at more than $1,000., this app uses the technology developed by the KNFB Reader developers in this iOS app. Features include:
- Fast, accurate, and efficient mobile text recognition that delivers near instantaneous results.
- Reading modes for books, articles and labels, bills and memos.
- Synchronized text highlighting with high quality speech and Braille output.
- Field of view report to assist with aligning the camera relative to the document.
- Tilt guidance feature to assist with capturing the perfect picture of a document.
- Automatic text detection to enable hands-free operation.
- Ability to import, OCR, and read image-based pdf and jpg files
- Export txt and html formatted text files to cloud storage services including Dropbox and Google Drive.
- Batch scan mode to process and read multiple pages.
- Recognize and read text in multiple languages; please visit our website for details.
- Tap and read function.
I had the opportunity to take this app for a test drive recently to access menus at a fast food restaurant. Some of the print on the menu was at 8 point or less font. The scanned text was translated accurately and could be scanned from any orientation (upside down, sideways, etc.). I thought it was pretty amazing, with high accuracy of the text scanned using its OCR engine – although that is coming from a sighted point of view.
For those considering the app there are a number of recent online reviews with pros and cons of the app. I especially value the reviews coming from individuals with visual impairment point of view:
- Check out the reviews from AppleVis.com. a trusted source of reviews of Apple products for individuals with low vision or blindness. They have several reviews, and commentaries/questions threads about theKNFB Reader:
- KNFB Reader App for Individuals with Visual Impairments and Learning Disabilities post on OT’s with Apps
Have you used the app? Share your thoughts or experience.