February 28, 2012
This week LookTel released Recognizer, a greatly anticipated app for those with visual impairment. Recognizer identifies objects such as canned goods, identification cards or DVDs via the iPhone camera. While not perfect, it is a giant leap in technology. Thomas Domville, writer for AppleVis and ClearVisionApps, explains that Recognizer requires creating an image library which is easier if done with the aid of a sighted person. Once created, libraries can easily be shared.
"I will reach out and say this app is awesome. There is a training curve with it, but in the long run, hands down it is one of my favorites. I no longer have to clutter up the house with labels. I can be a little more like a sighted person." Thomas Domville via email interview.Domville created a podcast to offer tips on how to set up the image library which can be found on the AppleVis web site. Austin Seraphin, a beta tester for Recognizer, considers the database an ongoing process. "I don't think an individual's database will ever reach a state of completion, much like a work of art. I just keep adding things." Seraphin added that he was able to build his library without the aid of a sighted person. This release is just the beginning for Recognizer. "LookTel is in the process of improving database access and in the near future this should prove to be more satisfactory." Gary W. from LookTel told us via email. Recognizer is the second innovative app from LookTel. Their money reading app, Reader, is listed on our AppList for the Blind and Low Vision. We applaud LookTel for Recognizer and know that future refinements will make it even more amazing. We also hope that product manufacturers will consider offering image databases of their products for download in the future. What is your take on this amazing new technology?
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