New AI-Powered smartphone App for visually impaired
Global smartphone brand HONOR announced the launch (September 6, 2019) of “PocketVision” – an AI-powered app that makes it easier for the visually impaired and people with low vision to read.
According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form visual impairment. PocketVision uses the power of HONOR’s AI (artificial intelligence) and superior quad camera technology in the HONOR 20 PRO smartphone to deliver a portable, affordable alternative to other magnifiers and typoscopes currently on the market, creating an enhanced reading experience for people all around the world.
Collaboration of social enterprise with technology
PocketVision was developed by social enterprise Eyecoming -a social enterprise that provides integrated hardware and software solutions for people with visual impairments – and, pioneered with HONOR’s cutting edge technologies. The main features to help people read more clearly are:
- Text-to-Speech Mode; powered by HONOR HiAI and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. This mode helps to convert pictures to text faster and more accurately. It then narrates the text from books, documents, menus and more with ease.
- Zoom-In Mode; leveraging the HONOR 20 PRO’s 48MP quad camera lens and 8MP telephoto lens for ultra-clarity. This mode allows users to zoom into text using the volume buttons on their device, making even the smallest type larger, less blurry and more legible
- Negative Image Mode; providing a range of colour filters to enhance text. This mode improves the contrast of printed materials for people who struggle to see certain colours
George Zhao, President of HONOR said “Harnessing the power of the HONOR 20 PRO’s next-generation AI capabilities and pro-grade camera technology, PocketVision aims to level the playing field for the visually impaired, giving this community a portable, affordable solution to other reading aids on the market. In launching this app, we hope to create an enhanced reading experience for people all around the world, enabling a greater sense of independence and giving people with low vision the confidence to unlock their potential and pursue their passions.”
PocketVision can be downloaded for free now on the Huawei AppGallery and supports English, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese languages.