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Qualcomm Helps Adapt Smartphones for Blind Users

Qualcomm Inc. is stepping up the functionality of smartphones with the introduction of the RAY mobile device for blind and visually impaired people.

The new device is made available through Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative and Project RAY Ltd., which designs accessibility tools for an estimated 285 million blind and visually impaired people.

While it’s not uncommon for this group to supplement 2G mobile phones for voice telephony with an array of devices such as audiobook readers, color readers, navigation tools, raised Braille labels, special bar-code scanners and large-buttoned, voice-enabled MP3 players, the Project RAY device integrates the capabilities of smartphone technology with these multiple specialty devices into a single handset with 24/7 mobile broadband connectivity and a user interface designed for eye-free interaction.

The user interface supports a rich set of services, including phone calls, text messaging with vocal read-out, navigation, object recognition, social network services, remote assistance, audiobook reading, and other leisure and entertainment offerings.

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