Mobile Future

Smartphones: A New Window to the World

Yesterday, The New York Times wrote on mobile’s transformative impact for the visually impaired.

According to the article, “Smartphones and tablets, with their flat glass touch screens and nary a texture anywhere, may not seem like the best technological innovation for people who cannot see. But advocates for the blind say the devices could be the biggest assistive aid to come along since Braille was invented in the 1820s.”

Smartphones assistive technology features allow users with vision impairments to interact with their world in ways never before imagined. From determining denominations of money to taking photos and reading the newspaper, technologies such as voice commands and gesture-based screen readers in smartphones and tablets are changing the way those with visual impairments see their world.

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