Samsung Phone Accessories Cater To The Visually Impaired

Samsung Phone Accessories Cater To The Visually Impaired

Three new add-ons make the Galaxy Core Advance more accessible.

Ross Brooks
  • 18 march 2014

Samsung added some software features for the visually-impaired to its Galaxy Core Advance late last year, and now it’s gone ahead and released some physical ones as well. The Ultrasonic Cover, Optical Scan Stand, and Voice Labels, all make it easier for those with difficulty seeing to navigate, access information and engage with the world around us.

The Ultrasonic Cover is a case that can be used to detect objects in the surrounding environment. It vibrates, or sends a Text-to-Speech alert, when an object is near, and can detect items up to 2 metres away.

To make it easier to read, Samsung created the Optical Scan Stand, which can identify text and read it aloud using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Users just have to dock their phone in the stand, and place a piece of text at the base of the reader for it work.


The final piece of accessibility tech is an
NFC-based Voice Label option, which makes it easy to record notes and other audio information. Samsung suggests it’s a device that could be useful for recording short reminders about how to use a particular gadgets.


All of the features are only available for the Samsung Galaxy Core, but according to TNW, the company has plans to expand accessibility of other Galaxy devices in the future. All of the add-ons are great examples of ideas that that are extremely straightforward, but instantly useful for those with a disability.



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