Apps for the Blind and Visually Impaired

August 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Avid Tumblr blogger and educator, CoolCatTeacher, recently shared this great resource for blind and visually impaired iPhone users. Many of the apps featured work with VoiceOver, a iPhone feature that allows users to use the device if they are unable to see the screen. Here are a couple of our top picks.

For those that are colorblind, consider using: 

Color ID Free by GreenGar Studios

Are there clouds in the sky? Is the iPod done charging? What color are the pants I just tried on? Does this tie match? Is the tomato ripe yet? Is this lip liner or eye liner? Is the sour cream moldy? Color ID Free is here to answer all these questions and more. Just point the iPhone camera at any item and it will announce the color for you. Brilliantly simple and easy to use, this application will open a new world to those who cannot see. It is amazingly accurate and can even find very subtle differences in color. It offers a setting for basic colors, such as “pale yellow green” or more advanced colors such as “fresh apricot.” For our tests we found the basic setting to be far more useful.

And…

Voice Brief by Dong Baik


Voice Brief is a great utility for anyone, but for the vision impaired it is particularly useful. With the touch of a button Voice Brief reads your email, Twitter feed, weather, stock prices, RSS and Facebook feeds. This time saving app is fully configurable and works flawlessly. The voices are natural and clear. Are you interested but hesitant to spend the $3.99 on VoiceBrief? Then we have great news! There is a free lite version so give it a try at no risk.

For the notetakers, there’s…

Evernote by Evernote

Evernote has been around nearly since the beginning of the AppStore. This powerhouse application stores voice notes, photographs and text so that they can be accessed from multiple devices. Photographs are scanned for text which can then be searched. Evernote has VoiceOver support.

For other great apps, head over to the source here

        

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