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Apps

The apps highlighted in this section have been tested and selected by considering parameters of functionality, ease of use, user characteristics (age and pathology) and price. The descriptions and ratings that accompany them have been made by the team of experts from the DRJ consultancy firm and the BMF.

Moovit

Transport

This is one of the most accessible apps for screen-reader users in the field of public transport. Its accessibility works better on iOS platforms and it can be used after only a few minute’s study. It is recommended both for low-vision and totally-blind users, although those with low vision may need it to be complemented with other accessibility features from the operating system. Although it is easy to use, it is not recommended for those with very limited technological skills.

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This app is integrated into your town’s transport system and it enables you to obtain all the timetables, stops and routes on your mobile with very exact and precise information. Moovit has a large database containing cities from all around the world and each city may be switched easily. The instructions it provides combine all the public transport options in a single app.

The app has a simple interface that allows any user with visual impairment to order a taxi, track its approach, contact the driver, and/or pay for the taxi in a very intuitive way.

It has numerous advantages. From within the app, the user sees the registration number of the taxi, receives notification of its arrival, and can contact the driver by phone or message. After setting up a payment method, the journey can be paid for directly through the app.

This app is very simple to operate for all users, and requires little learning time. It is therefore recommended to different user profiles with any type of visual impairment.

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A taxi booking app recommended for people with visual impairment. Thanks to advanced technology, the app facilitates independent mobility and helps eliminate everyday obstacles for the blind and visually-impaired. Very intuitive to use, a taxi can be ordered at the desired location with minimal clicks.

Prizmo go

Utilities

Access to written documents is very important, both for the blind and for the visually impaired. This app resolves this in a simple and intuitive manner as it is capable of recognising written text on paper and reading it aloud in a few seconds. The results of the reading may be saved in different forms. The app is really easy to use. The options for configuration and the saving of documents may be difficult for some but the main use, i.e. to read a document, can be performed successfully even if the person is not very familiar with the technology. It is important to bear in mind that despite the app possessing sound tracks for focusing on the document, the best results are obtained when the person has some residual vision and is able to line up the document.

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Prizmo Go is a portable scanner accessible through your mobile phone that allows you to take screenshots of printed text easily. Before taking the photo, Prizmo Go displays lines of text directly on the camera’s viewfinder so that you know what it is seeing, in a similar way to augmented reality but for text. After taking the photo, you obtain direct access to the content of the text. The app can read the text aloud and also offers a series of interactions with the text content or you can simply copy/ paste the text in other apps or on a Mac. In addition, thanks to its compatibility with Voice Over, Prizmo Go is very suitable for blind users or those with low vision.

Seeing AI

Autonomy

This app is aimed at any person who is visually impaired. It is a multi-purpose app as different tasks may be performed that require the use of the camera (reading a document, scanning products or recognising a face) in the same app and its interface is totally accessible with or without a screen reader and is really intuitive. The fact that the app belongs to a research project that has not concluded makes it interesting because there are sure to be new possibilities added as the research progresses.

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Seeing Al is a free app that describes the world that surrounds you. Designed for the community of people who are blind or have low vision, this research project in progress takes advantage of the power of Artificial Intelligence to open up the visual world and describe the people, texts and objects nearby. Optimised to be used with Voice Over, the app enables you to recognise:

  • Short text: it speaks text as soon as it appears before the camera.
  • Documents: it provides an audio guide to make a screen shot of a printed page, and recognises the text, together with its original format.
  • Products: it scans barcodes, using audio sounds to guide it; hear the name and the packet information when it is available. (works with iPhone 6 and subsequent versions)
  • People: it enables people to save faces so that they can recognise them and obtain an idea of their age, gender and emotions.
  • Scenes (expected preview): hear a general description of the scene in the screen shot.
  • Money: it recognises banknotes. (Requires iOS 11)
  • Colour: it identifies colour.
  • Handwriting: it reads handwritten text as in greetings cards
  • Light: it generates an audible tone that corresponds to the brightness of the setting.
  • Images in other applications: just touch “Share” and “Trigger Face Recognition” to describe images of email, photos, Twitter etc. The app is designed to help you to achieve more by taking advantage of the power of the cloud and artificial intelligence. As the research progresses, it will possible to add more channels.

Seeing assistant

Autonomy

Seeing Assistant Home possesses apps that those with severe visual impairment often use. These include a detector of light, colours, fast reading of QR codes and barcodes etc. It is simple to operate; its interface is intuitive and, above all, all the utilities are in the same place. However, it should be taken into account that the reading of colours from a camera is never precise, due to light refraction. This app is recommended for people who have at least a little knowledge of digital devices. (Note: personalised labels cannot be saved, only barcodes of databases available online can be read.

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The aim is to support the blind and the visually impaired in their daily life in a simple manner. This app enables blind users to recognise colours and detect light sources. In addition, the visually impaired will be able to use the electronic magnifier. It can also read and create barcodes and QR codes. These can be used to mark and organise objects.

This communication platform is really easy to use and enables people who use different operating systems to keep in contact. Its interface is very intuitive for the app’s basic use, although the advanced configurations can prove more difficult for some people. The opportunity to change the way in which contacts are viewed is very comfortable for different types of visual impairment, and the ability to make calls to landlines is also of interest.

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This app provides free messages together with free voice and video calls for anyone. Skype offers features like: face-to-face videocalls, group videocalls for up to 25 people, free voice calls to anyone on Skype, instant messages to friends and adding up to 300 people to a group chat, calling mobile phone and landlines at low rates (Skype-to-Skype calls are always free) and sharing photos, videomessages, location and adding emojis to a chat.

SuperVision+

Magnifiers

This magnifier is another alternative for those with low vision who wish to use their smartphones as a device to access visual information. It has different filters that can adapt the app to diverse visual conditions. Its configuration is straightforward and it can be used by people with varying levels of technological ability.

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SuperVision+ is an advanced magnifier for the visually impaired. The app can provide help in daily life to those with a large range of visual disabilities (Presbyopia, Myopia, Macular Degenerations etc.). The app allows the zoom, the contrast and the colour mode to be controlled easily. It allows up to 3 natural colour modes and 7 synthetic colour modes. It may also be used in low-lit environments by activating the smartphone’s integrated flash. (Note: to use SuperVision as electronic glasses, it is necessary to download the extension of the app, called “SuperVision for Cardboard”. This is free for Android).

Taptapsee

Autonomy

TapTapSee is one of the apps that the severely visually impaired have used for some years to obtain visual information about any element. This app is free and it works really easily: just by taking a photo of anything we would like to see, it provides information about the object in question almost instantaneously to help us find out those details that we may not see with a simple viewing. The app’s interface may be used by those who are not used to apps as the buttons are labelled clearly and the information about the photos taken is always spoken aloud.

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TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and the visually impaired identify objects that are hard to check, such as packaging, tins, the colour of a garment etc. Simply touch the screen twice to take a photo of any object, at any angle, wait a few seconds and the app will identify it. (Note: spoken identification requires Voice Over to be activated).

Visor

Magnifiers

This is a magnifier of great interest to those with low vision who wish to have an easy way of accessing visual information without needing to carry more devices. It is aimed exclusively at those with low vision and may be personalised with different filters to adapt it to different visual conditions.

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Visor is a magnifying glass app for smartphone. Just like with a real magnifying glass where the smallest details can be discovered, Visor increases the zoom by up to 8 times and takes the picture in 5 different colour contrast modes. Three large different-coloured buttons make access to all the functions a simple task.

Voice Dream Reader

Free time

This app is like having a reader of any type of document on our phone or tablet. It is intended for any type of visually-impaired user and may be configured for different degrees of sight. The fact that it is possible to choose reading voices that are real and expressive makes the reading experience a pleasure. Its configuration options enable one to either read the text and listen to it at the same time, or just follow the reading with one’s eyes. As this is a highly configurable app, some people will require help from friends and relatives to personalise it. However, once it is configured, it is very intuitive in its use and to add any type of document from different sources.

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This is a very useful and accessible app for everyone as it reads articles, documents and books aloud. Thanks to advanced voice synthesis and the highly varied viewing configuration options, it is possible to adapt it to any reading level and style; and with it, listen to any digital document or book that is not protected by DRM.

Whatscine

Free time

This app is really easy to use once it is configured. Its interface is simple and although many people may require help to download content and get it started, it is a really interesting way of integrating audio description into films and TV series.

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Whatscine is a system that works by using free apps for iOS and Android, in cinemas and on television. It has 3 accessibility systems: audio description, sign language and adapted subtitles. Secondary screens or portable monitors are not necessary; it works through a Smartphone or Tablet. It is very easy to use. In addition, it possesses totally inclusive accessibility, which goes unnoticed by other people.

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