AT&T Inc. announced today two new applications that will increase usability for wireless customers who are blind or have low vision. AT&T is partnering with Code Factory to offer Mobile Speak and Mobile Magnifier, both for Windows Mobile and Symbian Series 60 operating system devices.
Mobile Speak is a powerful, full-fledged screen reader with an easy-to-learn command structure, intuitive speech feedback in several languages and Braille support, which can be used with or without speech. Unlike other screen readers for mobile phones, Mobile Speak automatically detects information that the blind user should know, just as a user with sight would easily find highlighted items or key areas of the screen at a glance. Supported applications and functions include:
-- Speed dial, call lists and contacts
-- Text messaging
-- Calendar, tasks, notes and calculator
-- Internet browser
-- Word, Excel and PowerPoint
-- Voice Recorder, Media Player, voice speed dial and voice command
-- Phone/device settings, profiles, alarms and ringtones
Mobile Speak is offered with a choice of three Text-To-Speech engines, Fonix, Acapela or Loquendo, allowing the phone to speak English, Spanish or both.
Mobile Magnifier is a flexible, full-screen magnification application that supports low- and high-resolution screens and can be used with or without speech feedback. Magnification software is compatible with a wide range of mobile devices. Unique features include:
-- Magnification levels from 1.25x to 16x
-- Font-smoothing for easier readability
-- Three different layouts: a full-screen, split and distributed view
-- Different color schemes, including inverted color
-- Automatic panning and cursor-tracking
-- Automatic zoom function that detects areas of interest on the screen
"There is a real need for more wireless options for Individuals who have vision loss," said Paul Schroeder, vice president of Programs and Policy, American Foundation for the Blind. "We value AT&T for its leadership in addressing the needs of this community."
These new products are currently supported on five AT&T phones: the Nokia N75, Nokia E62, Cingular 3125, Samsung BlackJack (Windows Mobile version 5), and Pantech Duo (Windows Mobile version 6). Additional compatible devices will be available soon.
Mobile Speak and Mobile Magnifier are each available for a one-time charge of $89, which is billed directly to the customer's credit card. For additional information or to obtain a 30-day software trial, contact the National Center for Customers with Disabilities (NCCD) at 1-866-241-6568 or place a TTY call to 1-866-241-6567. The NCCD is available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.