below is an article posted on the visually impaired computer users group: Technology - LookTel: The Future of Mobile Accessibility LookTel is a company whose aim is to sell software than can be downloaded onto mobile devices, making them completely accessible to the visually impaired in ways that are truly incredible. The software they've designed will be tethered with camera enabled smart phones and features artificial sight programs used to identify objects and landmarks. For example, by pointing the phone's camera at a can of peas, the phone will speak aloud to its user, "Peas." If you move the phone to the next can which happens to be corn, the phone will say, "Corn." Beyond that, you can actually create custom labels for the software to recognize. So if you have a Tupperware container of salad in your fridge, you can stick a unique label onto it and teach the phone that that label means salad. Whenever it sees that label, it will say, "Salad." It can also recognize every denomination of US currency. Another feature is that the software will be able to recognize landmarks, namely street signs and storefronts, to help the user navigate. It even goes so far as allowing the user to access assistance if they need it. By using the GPS imbedded in most smart phones, the user could connect to someone else, transmit live video of where they are, and the other person could see what the phone sees, as well as their location on a map, and guide them to their intended destination. This feature gives added comfort to those who may be able to navigate most places with ease, but will require help from time to time. The software also incorporates a text-to-speech feature, allowing the user to take a picture of any text and listen to the phone read it back to them. Beyond that, it makes touch screens entirely accessible by using a different operating system that gives spoken feedback and relies on easy to remember pattern placement of common phone functions. This is a huge step forward in accessible mobile technology that can literally open up the world to people with visual impairment. The software is being released in spring of this year as a beta test, and will most likely be available for purchase late this year. It will be compatible with every major US cell phone carrier. To read more about the LookTel software, go to http://www.looktel.com/ Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.