There are smartphone apps out there which makes things easier for the hearing and speech impaired, but what about the blind?
Roger Wilson-Hinds, who is registered blind himself, has created an app that let blind people make use of an Android smartphone in their daily activities.
Georgie is named after Wilson-Hinds’ wife’s first guide dog and is built specifically to help blind users navigate day-to-day obstacles such as taking bus rides, reading printed texts, and knowing their exact whereabouts in unfamiliar areas.
Users would be able to dial numbers using a voice assisted touchscreen, send text messages through speech input and tag previous routes or hazards through navigation apps. Then there’s a variety of additional apps bundled into three different packages, Travel, Lifestyle or Communicate, which will be available for purchase at £24.99 each.
It will let you know what bus stop you need to get off, find out the color of an object, or have text on pages read out to you using the phone’s camera.
Roger Wilson-Hinds, co-founder of the non-profit group Screenreader, said the app will help solve every day problems for blind people so they can be more confident about navigating the real world and become independent.
Georgie app is available at the Google Play Store for £149 so you can use it in your existing smartphones. If you want new phones to use the app, price starts from £299 for a basic Android smartphone up to £750 for those that want the Samsung Galaxy S3.