October 1, 2004

Screen magnifier for mobile phones

Spanish company Code Factory has developed a screen magnifier to enable visually impaired people to better use mobile phones, reports BBC News.

The Mobile Magnifier software is designed to be used on Series 60 handsets running the Symbian operating system.

The software splits the mobile's screen horizontally in two so that half displays enlarged (up to six times) text or graphics and the other half is normal size.

Although the Royal National Institute of the Blind has yet to evaluate the product, its technology specialist, Steve Tyler, doubts whether split-screen magnification is what visually impaired users actually want. According to him, the best solution is for manufacturers to make their products accessible to everyone without having to add extra software.

Code Factory is still negotiating agreements with distributors and is unable to say how much its application will cost.

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