‘PocketVision’ that supports people with visual impairments
The global smartphone brand HONOR announced last Friday the launch of PocketVision, an AI-powered app that makes reading easier for people with visual impairments. According to the World Health Organization, about 1.3 billion people live with some form of visual impairment. PocketVision harnesses the power of HONOR’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) and the unrivaled quad-camera technology of the HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 PRO to provide a portable and affordable alternative to other text enlargers and typoscopes currently on the market. This will provide a better reading experience for people around the world.
PocketVision has been developed by the socially involved company Eyecoming, using HONOR’s advanced technologies. PocketVision has three main modes that help people read better.
- Text-to-Speech Mode: powered by HONOR HiAI and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, this mode provides a faster and more accurate process that converts images to text. Then the text from books, documents, menus etc. is read out effortlessly.
- Zoom-In Mode: this mode uses the 48MP quad camera lens and the 8MP telephoto lens (1) for ultra-brightness of the HONOR 20 PRO. The user can zoom in on the text with the volume buttons. This makes even the smallest font bigger, easier to read and less blurry.
- Negative Image Mode: this mode provides a range of color filters to enhance text. This improves the contrast of printed material for people who have difficulty seeing certain colors.
“HONOR believes in always striving for innovation; creating breakthrough technologies that have a positive impact on the world, ” said George Zhao, HONOR Director . “Harnessing the power of next-generation AI capabilities and the professional camera technology of the HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 PRO, PocketVision gives people with visual impairments a portable, affordable alternative to other reading aids on the market. With the release of this app, we hope to provide an improved reading experience to people around the world. This gives people with less eyesight a greater sense of independence and the confidence to follow their passions. ”
With the best software and hardware in their class, the HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 PRO users offer a truly intelligent experience. With an unbeatable 48MP AI quad camera that takes extremely clear photos day and night, and an 8MP telephoto lens (2) that allows users to zoom in extremely, it has never been easier to capture every detail. This unit is powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 AI chipset, has a 4,000 mAh (3) battery that supports one day of continuous use, 256GB storage memory and a Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound system that provides a favorable audio environment.
HONOR has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), an organization that supports people with visual impairments, to raise awareness of the barriers that blind and visually impaired people must overcome.
Robin Spinks, Senior Innovation and Technology Relationships Manager at RNIB, commented: “Smartphone technology is playing an increasingly important role in enabling the everyday independence of blind and partially sighted people. PocketVision is an example of an interesting new category of apps that allow on-the-spot accessibility. With this app, visually impaired people can convert any text into a legible format. This app makes the world a more accessible place, gives a sense of freedom and helps break down barriers to a more inclusive society. ”
PocketVision can be downloaded for free in the Huawei AppGallery and the app supports the languages: English, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. For more information about PocketVision visit HONOR’s global website at this link.
(1) 8MP telenes is only for the HONOR 20 PRO
(2) 8MP telenes is only for the HONOR 20 PRO.
(3) HONOR 20 has a 3750 mAh battery