Samsung announces three assistive technology accessories to improve Galaxy accessibility
Asia-Pacific, March 17 2014
SEOUL, KOREA: Samsung announced three smartphone accessories that should improve accessibility on certain Galaxy mobile devices for users who are blind or low vision. The Ultrasonic Cover, Optical Scan Stand, and Voice Label enhance the Galaxy Core Advance with tools for a universally flawless user experience.
The three new assistive technology accessories, which easily connect with the Galaxy Core Advance, enrich the stock of accessibility features on the device intended to assist users with who are blind or low vision.
- The Ultrasonic Cover allows users to detect obstacles and navigate unfamiliar places by sending an alert through a vibration or Text-to-Speech feedback. By holding the Cover in front of the user, it can enhance a user with vision disability awareness of their surroundings by sensing the presence of a person or object up to 2 meters away.
- The Optical Scan Stand positions the device to focus on printed materials, automatically activating the Optical Scan application, which recognizes text from an image and reads it aloud to the user. The Optical Scan Stand is particularly useful when a consumer is alone, automatically initiating the application to read text as soon as paper is sensed on the stand.
- The Voice Label assists users in distinguishing objects by allowing them to make notes and tag voice labels easily on-the-go. With NFC technology enabling a seamless connection to their smartphones, users can record, stop and access their notes. This feature can also help a user distinguish how to use electronics by allowing them to record a short explanation.
These assistive technologies join the pre-loaded Light Sensing App, Instant Voice Recorder, and Voice Guided Camera as critical usability and accessibility features specifically designed to extend the Galaxy experience to users with disabilities.
The new Galaxy Core Advance accessories are already available and are offered separately from the device.
By Aqeel Qureshi