Voice Service Reads Breaking News Stories To People Out Loud
BrailleVoice uses a touch-tone interface to make the daily news from several top media outlets more accessible to the visually impaired
As technology gets more advanced, it doesn’t always grow in ways that make it more accessible. For the visually impaired, reading news online can be difficult, but a new touch-tone interface called BrailleVoice reads the day’s top stories from nearly 30 outlets. Developed by SpaceNext, run by a programmer known as Shan, the service only costs the minutes on a cellphone plan and can be accessed anywhere that users can find a signal.
A user can listen to the day’s top stories simply by calling 1-888-666-4013. From there, they are given a list of options, including articles from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Guardian, TechCrunch, Mashable and more.
“Visually challenged users will find it difficult to navigate using apps,” Shan told TechCrunch. “I thought with text to speech readily available… they would be able to make a call to a toll free number to listen to latest news from any site.”
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Jonathan is the CEO of Wire, a modern communication network that weaves together text, talk, pictures, video and music into beautiful conversations. He has two decades of experience shipping products in startups and more established enterprises such as Time Warner Communications, Camino Networks, Skype and Microsoft. He was a pioneer in the earliest consumer broadband services, the industry’s first mass market commercial SIP products, and the advanced internet audio and video signal processing stack’s included in Skype and webRTC. Jonathan graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from the University of California at Santa Barbara.