Fw: BlindNews: Michael
- From: "thaovyngu" <thaovyngu@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <smcc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "John J Herzog" <jjh1129@xxxxxxxxxxx>, <kphoang@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 17:59:50 -0400
----- Original Message ----- From: "Geoff Stephens" <BlindNews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: "Blind News Mailing List" <BlindNews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 8:47 AM Subject: BlindNews: Michael > The Associated Press State & Local Wire > Thursday, September 16, 2004 > > Michael > > A new cellular application promises to help vision-impaired people who can't read the screen of a mobile phone. It responds to spoken commands with voice > recognition technology and reads back menu options, text messages, and other information to the user. > The new TALKS application being introduced by Cingular Wireless Thursday is initially available for use on one handset, the Nokia 6620. The software was > created in partnership with ScanSoft Inc. > This is the first advanced cell phone released in the U.S. that allows users to access all of its many features through speech output, Paul Schroeder, an > official with the American Foundation for the Blind, said in a statement. According to the foundation, there are about 10 million people who are blind > or have low vision in the United States. > Basic cell phone features that are generally inaccessible to the vision impaired include caller ID, phone settings, call logs, battery warnings, and calendar > appointments, as well as creating, maintaining and dialing from a personal contact list. > The TALKS service is designed to handle those tasks, as well text messaging and e-mail, by responding to spoken commands and then responding with a computer-generated > voice. The software also can announce when email or text messages arrive, or when calls are missed. > In addition to the vision-impaired, TALKS could be attractive to people who desire hands-free calling while driving. > One possible drawback, however, is the cost. > While special deals enable most cell phone users to get a high-end handset for less than $200 or even free, the Nokia 6620 will cost $299 after a $100 rebate > from Nokia with any two-year Cingular service contract. > That doesn't include the TALKS application. The software is $199, though an introductory offer from Cingular will count all or half that amount as a credit > against against the monthly service fee, depending on whether the customer signs a one- or two-year contract. > > > > > > > -- > BlindNews mailing list > > Archived at: http://GeoffAndWen.com/blind/ > Address message to list by sending mail to: BlindNews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > > Access your subscription info at: http://blindprogramming.com/mailman/listinfo/blindnews_blindprogramming.com ------------------------------------------------ - To post messages on SMCC mailing list, simply send email to smcc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx - You can subscribe to SMCC mailing list by sending email to smcc-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'subscribe' in the Subject field with your subscriber list. - You can unsubscribe from SMCC mailing list by sending email to smcc-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field This list is managed by Dang Hoai Phuc Please click this link http://dhp.p9.org.uk to visit his own website!
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