Using the smartphone as a truly innovative tool for helping the visually impaired
When Samsung announced the Galaxy Core Advance, it focused on the new accessibility options that set it apart from the regular Galaxy Core. Today the company is following up the phone's launch with three new accessories that put those new accessibility features to good use, making it even easier for the visually impaired to interact with the device and the world around them. The Ultrasonic Cover, Optical Scan Stand and Voice Label are all aimed at using the Galaxy Core Advance as a tool to help those with a physical disbility, and the ingenuity is prettty impressive.
The Ultrasonic Cover is a case for the device that lets it detect obstacles and navigate unfamiliar areas by sending an audible or vibration alert to the user when an obstacle is near. They simply hold out the phone in front of them and let it go to work, helping the user detect people and objects as much as two meters away. The Optical Scan Stand leverages the optical character recognition capabilities of the camera by putting the phone in an easy-to-position stand where you can then place documents underneath the device and have whatever's on the page read aloud. Finally, the Voice Label is a tag that can be placed on objects and associated with a note and a voice label to then be recalled when the phone is placed near it using NFC.