It’s difficult to imagine life without eyesight and even Harder to think of ways to get the blind to use today’s sophisticated technology. But with Georgie, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Designed especially for the sightless, Georgie is basically a Smartphone application equipped with a voice assistant that could allow the user to view the screen without actually viewing it. The phone that uses the app does assist in various tasks such as reading out texts, catching a bus or even indicating one’s exact location due to its impeccable optical recognition capabilities. Designed by blind couple Roger and Margaret Wilson-Hinds from Petersborough, the app is named Georgie, after their first guide dog. The Georgie device was first conceptualized in their own nonprofit organization Screenreader. Realizing the number of blind in the UK had risen to almost two million, the couple felt the absolute need for this assistive technology.
The app is available on Google Play, the Android app store. Uniquely,Georgie is more than just an app though — you can also have it set up for you by buying a phone pre-loaded with the app from accessibility experts. You can choose from a range of Samsung Galaxy phones: the galaxy Y, the galaxy ace, waterproof and drop-proof Galaxy Xcover or the top-end Samsung Galaxy SIII.
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