[tabi] new Visus Visual Assistant System from Visus Technology

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2013 08:08:57 -0400

Visus Technology Makes Your Smart Phone Even Smarter


For the past two weeks, students from the Carol Center for the Blind
have had the

opportunity to test out the new Visus Visual Assistant System from Visus

The system uses a Galaxy S4 Android smartphone paired with a bluetooth
headset to

convey a variety of information that would be useful to the blind.
According to this

article in the Boston Globe the these are some of the features of the
new system:


"The Visus program can be trained to identify faces, so a blind person
who encounters

a friend or colleague won't have to guess at a name. Instead, he can
scan the face

with his phone. An electronic voice can announce the person's name
through a wireless

Bluetooth earpiece. Another Visus feature lets the user scan a large
area with the

camera to pinpoint objects containing text, such as signs or bulletin
boards. The

software can translate the text to speech and read it aloud. The phone
also makes

it easier for a blind person to find a restroom. It is programmed to
recognize the

standard symbols indicating a men's room or women's room and point them
out to

the user. The software can even generate a map of the inside of a
building. Using

software licensed from a defense contractor, Visus can shoot a video as
the user

is guided through the building." The company hopes to have the system
available for

sale early next year for $999. The price will include the phone,
bluetooth headset,

and a 4G hotspot. The company is also working on developing for the iOS


To learn more about the company, visit the

< Technology Visus>website at



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