Samsung Ultrasonic Cover

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.

Samsung Optical Scan Stand

Samsung Voice Label

Source: Samsung


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Samsung announces 3 accessories that enhance Galaxy Core Advance's accessibility features


PocketNow had a real good podcast a couple of months ago about us people with disabilities and the way we use our devices. Not to mention our past options and things that might help us in the future.

AC, these types of articles are why I read tech-site.

Thank you.

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The detection feature is interesting but I can't see it replacing a white cane... OCR and voice notes are really interesting though.

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dat replaceable battery, full charge in 90 seconds, stop to start. 2 batteries and a charger for less than $15. Dat Samsung.

Dat annoying habit of having to charge two batteries every night.

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Really? That's what you got from this?

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Here is one of the reasons I like Samsung. Sure they are making money from this, but they are also helping people cope with certain disabilities. No one else (oems) are doing as much or even have it in the works.

You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you