[access-uk] Re: KNFB reader on a Nokia cell phone

I wonder if anyone else has used a camera phone to see in dark
conditions? I'm always surprised when I see pictures taken in what I
call dark conditions, it's always a lot lighter than I thought.  But
don't ask me what the picture was of, as I cannot make them out, which
is really useful at the camera club, (my wife's hobby) and no, they
don't use glamour models, unfortunately.

Dave

Hmmm.  Dave you're a devil (smile).  I could think of one or two
recipients for your suggestion (lol).

Jackie
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From: "Ankers, Dave (UK)" <Dave.Ankers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 8:03 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: KNFB reader on a Nokia cell phone


> Jackie,
>
> Glad you found it funny, the interesting bit would be entering the
> criteria into the phone so it can decide whether or not you find the
> person attractive or not.
> I've no doubt you have heard of Mr Honest, well there's Mr Purvy too!
> he's also blind, and one of his ideas to enable him to detect when a
> woman is interested in him, is to have manufactured, women's underwear
> incorporating the device he uses to stop him overfilling his coffee
mug.
> It buzzes and vibrates! So when he has the right effect, he gets an
> audible cue, and she gets an even bigger smile lol
>
> Dave
>
> Well Dave I must admit you've given me a good laugh here over your
> suggestion.  Who knows, perhaps one day something like that could be
> invented.  The way technology is progressing, anything is possible.
But
> just imagine getting on a train or bus, and your little companion
> whispers in your ear: "Blimey.  Steer well clear.  Looks like the back
> end of a bus."
> or: "She's a stunner mate, fill your boots." (lol).
>
> But being a bit more serious for a sec, I must admit this would be
very
> useful if the price is sensible.
>
> Jackie
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ankers, Dave (UK)" <Dave.Ankers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 5:34 PM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: KNFB reader on a Nokia cell phone
>
>
>>
>> Now I like the sound of this!, only can it be programmed to recognise
>> attractive women and read their facial expressions, discreetly of
> course
>> lol.  It's so damn annoying when work colleagues say "she's nice",
and
>> all I can say is, "was she".  I hate being in company and not knowing
> if
>> someone is actually looking, and maybe smiling at me, and would love
> to
>> chat, but because I cannot see their expression, I have no idea.  I'm
>> sure many others feel the same.
>> Just imagine a blind date club! lol all pointing mobile phones at
each
>> other! Smile when your phone says "She's nice".
>>
>> Dave
>>
>> I'm posting the following which I received from another list.    big
>> flash from the big R.
>> Begin forwarded text.
>> BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Danielsen fidgets with the cell phone, holding
> it
>> over a $20 bill.
>> "Detecting orientation, processing U.S. currency image," the phone
> says
>> in a flat monotone before Danielsen snaps a photo. A few seconds
> later,
>> the phone says, "Twenty dollars."
>> Danielsen, a spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind, is
>> holding the next generation of computerized aids for the blind and
>> visually impaired.
>> The Nokia cell phone is loaded with software that turns text on
>> photographed documents into speech. In addition to telling whether a
>> bill is worth $1, $5, $10 or $20, it also allows users to read
> anything
>> that is photographed, whether it's a restaurant menu, a phone book or
> a
>> fax.
>> While the technology is not new, the NFB and the software's developer
>> say the cell phone is the first to incorporate the text-to-speech
>> ability.
>> "We've had reading devices before," Danielsen said, noting similar
>> software is already available in a larger handheld reader housed in a
>> personal digital assistant. Companies such as Code Factory SL,
Dolphin
>> Computer Access Ltd. and Nuance Communications Inc. also provide
>> software that allows the blind to use cell phones and PDAs.
>> Inexpensive hand-held scanners such as WizCom Technologies Ltd.'s
>> SuperPen can scan limited amounts of text, read it aloud and even
>> translate from other languages.
>> However, the $2,100 NFB device combines all of those functions in one
>> smart phone, said James Gashel, vice president of business
development
>> for K-NFB Reading Technology Inc., which is marketing the phone as a
>> joint venture between the federation and software developer Ray
>> Kurzweil.
>> "It is the next step, but this is a huge leap," Gashel, who is blind,
>> said in a telephone interview. "I'm talking to you on the device I
> also
>> use to read things. I can put it in my pocket and at the touch of a
>> button, in 20 seconds, be reading something I need to read in print."
>> Ray Kurzweil, who developed the first device that could convert text
>> into audio in the 1970s and the current NFB device, said portability
> is
>> only the first step. Future versions of the device will recognize
> faces,
>> identify rooms and translate text from other languages for the blind
> and
>> the sighted.
>> The inventor plans to begin marketing the cell phone in February
> through
>> K-NFB Reading Technology. The software will cost $1,595 and the cell
>> phone is expected to cost about $500, Kurzweil said.
>> Dave Doermann, president of College Park-based Applied Media Analysis
>> said his company is working on similar software for smart phones that
>> could be used by the military for translation and by the visually
>> impaired.
>> "We don't anticipate ours being that expensive, but unfortunately
> we're
>> not quite to the release yet," said Doermann, who is also co-director
> of
>> the University of Maryland's Laboratory for Language and Media
>> Processing.
>> Doermann said the company, which has received funding from the
>> Department of Defense and the National Eye Institute, hopes to have
> its
>> software ready in the next 12 to 18 months.
>> Kurzweil's device uses speech software provided by Nuance, said Chris
>> Strammiello, the director of product management at Nuance, who said
> the
>> company has also developed a prototype reader that uses the Internet
> to
>> access more powerful server-side computers.
>> "As you can harness the power of remote environments and do that so
>> quickly with the Web technologies, it gives a lot more capability,
>> flexibility and options to the way you solve these type of problems,"
>> Strammiello said.
>> There are about 10 million blind and visually impaired people in the
>> U.S., a number that is expected to double in the next 30 years as
baby
>> boomers age.
>> Kurzweil said those with vision problems are not the only ones
> expected
>> to benefit from the technology. Dyslexics, for example, are expected
> to
>> be among the users of the current device because of its ability to
>> highlight each word as it's read aloud, helping them cope with their
>> disability, which affects the ability to read. The highlighting
> function
>> can also help them improve their reading skills, he said.
>> "What's new here is both blind people and kids can do this with a
> device
>> that fits in their shirt pocket," Kurzweil said.
>> Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said
> the
>> device and its PDA predecessor are a "form of hand-held vision" that
>> will make the visual environment "much more readily available to the
>> blind."
>>
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