Recently a voice-assisted touchscreen smartphone has gone on sale for blind people. The smartphone offers a variety of apps that helps complete tasks such as catching a bus, reading printed text and pinpointing locations.
Known as Georgie (named after the Mrs Wilson-Hinds’ first guide dog), the smartphone was developed and designed by blind husband-and-wife team Roger and Margaret Wilson-Hinds from Peterborough.
The handset uses existing Samsung handsets such as XCover and Galaxy Ace 2 and is powered by Android. The smartphone allows users to access features that are available on today’s smartphones but in an easy-to-use accessible manner. The smartphone allows users to dial a number with the voice-assisted touchscreen and uses speech to input to send text messages.
The smartphone is being distributed by the Sight and Sound technology firm which provides hardware and software to blind and visually-impaired people. It is now available from £299 or those with an existing Android smartphones can download a version through Google Play for £149.
Currently in the UK, almost two million people are living with sight loss, with 360,000 registered as blind. Mr Wilson-Hinds says,
“It’s exactly the type of digital experience we want to make easily available to people with little or no sight. It is also going to help solve everyday problems for blind people so they can be more confident about navigating the real world and become independent”.