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New App to the Help the Blind Recognize Objects

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NantWorks LLC has released the new LookTel Recognizer app designed to help people who are blind or visually impaired recognize everyday objects by using their iPhone camera. Users build their item database by capturing an image of an item and recording an audio description. The LookTel Recognizer will then immediately recognize the item the next time the phone camera is pointed at it.

This is the second app released by NantWorks using their patented object recognition technology. The first, the LookTel Money Reader, was selected as the winner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman’s 2011 Awards for Advancements in Accessibility. Development of the technology was supported by National Institutes of Health research grants from the National Eye Institute and the National Institute of Aging.

The National Eye Institute remains committed to improving the quality of life for people affected by blindness and low vision.

Posted: March 2012

Department of Health and Human Services NIH, the National Institutes of Health