Monthly App Update

Eye-D App

Eye-D is here to assist the visually impaired in independent living by helping them evaluate the world around them with help of their smartphone.

It will work as your companion when you travel, help you explore places, tell you about the objects in front of you and read text whenever you need.

This is what we have built for you:

  • Where Am I: Be it the busiest suburbs of Mumbai or the loneliest roads of Siberia, whether you are a common man or zombie, Eye-D will make sure that you are never lost. Tap on “Where Am I” and let the magic happen. You get to know your location with a list of landmarks nearby. Found any of the landmark interesting? Then why wait tap the preferred landmark and Eye-D guides you to it with directions (currently by opening Apple/ Google maps for navigation).
  • Around Me: Stuck in an alien town? Calm down, fire the Eye-D app and select “Around Me”. Bingo!! You can now find ATM’s, Banks, Bus stops, Cinemas, Restaurants, Hospitals, Stores and even the Religious places nearby. Select the desired category and navigate to the preferred place. To ensure that you never miss out a place we have provided a search radius controller. So the next time you don’t find a relevant place nearby try adjusting the search radius to anything in the range of 500 to 5500 meters. What? Still in that alien town? Come-on find the nearest bus stop and head out.
  • See Object: I’m facing the gate… No the lemon tree…. No the bike, Easy pal!! Use the See Object mode in the Eye-D app to evaluate your surroundings. Click on this mode, take a picture and Eye-D app will tell you what’s in front. So the next time you are standing at the window use the See Object mode to check what’s happening on the other side. In case you missed the description the first time simply swipe right to hear again.
  • Read Text: We designed this feature so that next time your visit a restaurant or want to get a novel for you friend you won’t have to ask anyone for help. Open read text mode, click a picture and Eye-D app will read the text in front you. You can swipe right to hear the text again in case you missed it the first time.

 

Eyes-Free Fitness (iOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Eyes-Free Fitness is the first app designed to help people who are blind and visually impaired reach their health and fitness goals. The cornerstone of the app is the variety of workout types for people of all levels and aspirations of health. All workouts are described fully, so they can be done ‘Eyes-Free’. Additionally, access blog and podcast content from BlindAlive, and expand your health knowledge and horizons. The app interfaces with Apple Watch health data, and offers complete support for VoiceOver and dynamic text. For more information about BlindAlive and Eyes-Free Fitness, please visit our website. www.BlindAlive.com

 

FlickType Keyboard (iOS, Free)

familiar? It’s because it is! Using the standard QWERTY layout and 3 simple flick gestures, FlickType is the fastest available typing method for blind and low-vision users, ever. You don’t need to learn a new way to type. Just tap where it feels natural and FlickType’s powerful algorithms will get it right, almost every time!

No more spacebar or other control keys to hunt for. Simply flick right for space. To delete, flick left. Not the right word? Flick down for alternative suggestions.

An extremely fluid typing experience, and with enough additional functions to satisfy the book writer in you, FlickType will turn the chore of typing into something you may actually enjoy!

Happy typing! Smile

 

 

Notable App Updates

 

Audio Memos

Audio Memos is a professionally made audio recorder. It has an amazingly intuitive interface, which is easy to use and full of powerful features. Use it in interviews, lectures, music session, briefings, … and simplify your recording tasks.

TOP FEATURES

  • Best quality – adjustable to fit your needs.
  • Amazingly loud – hear your recordings.
  • Background recording – multitask at will*.
  • iCloud – access your memos everywhere.

MORE FEATURES

  • Email your recordings.
  • USB file transfers.
  • Append audio to existing recordings.
  • Search / Sort / Filter your recordings.
  • Variable speed scrubbing.
  • Send recordings to a computer using WiFi.
  • Records when your device is in sleep mode.
  • Pauses automatically on incoming phone calls.
  • No time limit on recording length.
  • Application lock code.

 

Autour (iOS, Free)

Autour is an eyes-free mobile system designed to give blind users a better sense of their surroundings. Although other systems emphasize navigation from one specific location to another, typically accomplished by explicit turn-by-turn instructions, Autour uses spatialized audio to reveal the kind of information that visual cues such as neon signs provide to sighted users. Once users notice a point of interest, additional details are available on demand.

 

Microsoft Soundscape (iOS, Free)

Microsoft Soundscape uses 3D audio technology to enhance your awareness of what is around you, and thereby help you get around and explore your surroundings.

Soundscape will place audio cues and labels in 3D space such that they sound like they are coming from the direction of the points of interest, parks, roads and other features in your surroundings.

You will need a pair of stereo headsets that you feel comfortable wearing outdoors. For example, bone conduction headsets, Apple AirPods and in-ear open headphones have proven to work well.

Soundscape is designed to live in the background and provide you with effortless ambient awareness. Therefore, feel free to use it in conjunction with other apps such as podcasts, audio books, email and even GPS navigation.

Key features:

  • As you walk, Soundscape will automatically call out the key points of interest, roads and intersections that you pass. These can be adjusted and turned on and off.
  • An audio beacon can be placed on a point of interest, and you will hear it as you move around. You can place an audio beacon on a point of interest that you would like to track such as your destination, a point to return to or a landmark you are familiar with.
  • “My location” describes your current location and the direction you are facing
  • “Around me” describes nearby points of interest in each of the four cardinal directions, helping with orientation. Try this out when getting off a bus or leaving a train station.
  • “Ahead of me” describes points of interest in front of you, for example when walking down the street.
  • The expandable Callout History section lets you review callouts you have heard, repeat callouts, hear more information about them, and more.

 

Introducing Callout History! Callout History is a new expandable region above the buttons at the bottom of the screen that displays recent callouts that you have heard. Double tapping a callout with VoiceOver will repeat the callout. Additional VoiceOver actions can be accessed by swiping up on a callout.

In addition to the new Callout History feature we have improved the design of the Audio Beacon information near the top of the screen. Double tap on the beacon information with VoiceOver to mute or unmute the audio beacon and swipe up on the beacon information to access additional VoiceOver actions.

As always, we have been hard at work fixing bugs and improving existing features. If you walk along a roundabout intersection, Soundscape will now tell you about that intersection.

 

Pinterest (iOS, Free)

Pinterest helps you discover and do what you love. Find recipes, style inspiration, projects for your home and other ideas to try.

  • Get ideas for every part of your life, from what to make for dinner, to what to put on your walls, to what to wear.
  • Save ideas for later—organize ideas by topic, so they’re always easy to find.
  • Search by keyword or with your camera—discover ideas inspired by anything you point the Pinterest camera at.
              • Collaborate with friends—save ideas together for your next group trip, party or project.
  • Save ideas you find around the web—just use the Pinterest Save button on your mobile browser.
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