September 16, 2004

Cingular Makes Phone for Vision-Impaired

A new cellular application promises to help vision-impaired people who can't read the screen of a mobile phone, reports The Sun.

"It responds to spoken commands with voice recognition technology and reads back menu options, text messages, and other information to the user.

The new "TALKS" application being introduced by Cingular Wireless Thursday is initially available for use on one handset, the Nokia 6620. The software was created in partnership with ScanSoft Inc.

"This is the first advanced cell phone released in the U.S. that allows users to access all of its many features through speech output," Paul Schroeder, an official with the American Foundation for the Blind, said in a statement. According to the foundation, there are about 10 million people who are blind or have low vision in the United States. "

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