Cash Reader – App for recognizing currency

NOW YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE WITHOUT ASKING YOUR NEIGHBOR’S COUSIN!

Cash Reader is a commercial money reading mobile app for the blind and vision impaired that enables the user to distinguish amongst a variety of currencies.

Some of the currencies that this app can currently recognize include South African Rand, Bolivian Boliviano, Russian ruble, Swiss franc, Icelandic króna, Kenyan shilling, etc.

In my case, I am living in South Africa and thus, I’m rather happy to note that this app is able to recognize South African currency with absolute ease and accuracy.

This application can be downloaded for both Android and iOS operating systems and the Free version recognizes only two or three lowest denominations for every currency.

At present, only the iOS version is able to recognize South African currency.  According to the developer, implementation will be completed soon.

What impressed me about the app is the fact that you do not need an internet connection in order for it to successfully identify currency.  The other feature that I find useful, is the fact that you can simply point your phone in the approximate direction of the currency in order for it to start recognition, which takes place almost instantaneously.

Additionally, you can choose to hear the denomination announced in speech or with vibrations for the more privacy aware.

The initial setup and getting started is really easy for novice users.

At R99 per year, or R279 for life, this is a must have app for every blind and vision impaired person in South Africa.

Download your free 14-day demonstration version today and take this beauty for a spin!

For Android users, download the app from the Google PlayStore.

For iOS users, download the app from the Apple App Store

If you have any further questions, please visit the Cash Reader website at https://www.cashreader.app.

Launch of new Mobile @Vodacom Kiosk for the blind and visually impaired at @CouncilForBlind

In partnership with Vodacom, the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) officially launched a mobile service kiosk at their Pretoria offices yesterday (Wednesday 8 June), bringing mobile communication closer to visually impaired people.

These days, smartphones come with built-in accessibility features on both Android and iOS platforms enabling people with various disabilities to also have access to the amazing world of independence and the internet.

The kiosk will provide step-by-step guidance and serve as an information hub and one stop shop for blind and visually impaired people who are interested in accessible phones.

For more information, please contact the SANCB on 012-452-3811.

South African Banking Accessibility Survey for blind and visually impaired persons

If you are living in South Africa and live with a visual impairment, you are no doubt one of those who might have received terrible service from your bank.

 

Or, just perhaps they might have amazed you with their accessibility of their products and/or services.

 

You may also recall the difficulty that I’ve had with FNB in the past and ABSA who joined them in ignoring our calls for action on fixing the inaccessibility of their services.  If you haven’t read those articles, let me just say that their attitude stinks and that FNB still dismissed my request for dialogue even though I have approached them as the representative of Blind SA, a national consumer organization of and for the blind.

 

Either way, we have finally launched the South African Banking Survey that you can now complete.

 

The purpose of this survey is to gain a greater understanding of the service needs of people with visual impairment who are making use of products and/or services provided by banks in South Africa.

 

We are seeking people who are blind or visually impaired (or their caregivers), who are willing to complete a few questions.

 

If you want to be contacted for assistance to complete the survey, please let us know on Facebook or on Twitter.  Optionally, please phone us on 0127533663.

 

Thank you to Unlocking Abilities (PTY) Ltd. for hosting the survey.

Three years later: FNB and inaccessibility to blind and visually impaired customers

The below is an email response on a mailing list where the topic of FNB seems to be quite hot at present.

 

There are some members who want to keep it quiet as they would like to keep it internal but, as another poster pointed out:

 

“We have a right to our independence and it is up to us to claim that right.
I agree that the fact that one receives an SMS later to confirm a transaction, is just not good enough; nor is the fact that one immediately might get back one’s card. The person at the shop could easily write down one’s PIN for later use the next time you unsuspectingly rock up at the shop. Besides, this lack of assertiveness would only further create the impression that we are happy to acquiesce in the development of inaccessible facilities and would find ourselves having to rely on the eyes of others more and more. Instead of trying to get workarounds, we should strongly oppose things like inaccessible POS, online banking, SARS eFiling, prepaid meters, unmarked hotel key cards, etc. These developers have got away with it precisely because we have not opposed those developments vigorously enough and have been satisfied with the consolation prizes of confirmation SMSes after the fact and the eyes of others.

Blind SA has an Advocacy and Information committee which is currently grappling with all the matters I mentioned above. FNB’s attitude is shocking, to say the least, but if necessary, we will take them to the SAHRC or even the Constitutional Court. Continue reading Three years later: FNB and inaccessibility to blind and visually impaired customers

ABSA, joining the FNB camp of non-cooperation – not interested in the blind or visually impaired

Difficulties regarding independence, recognition, rights, etc. is an ongoing fact of life if You are a person living with a disability.

Recently I got quite involved in the accessibility and disability rights arena.

I encountered touch screen card machines on one of my shopping trips but, dismissed it and shopped somewhere else instead but, when I received an email regarding the experience of another person, I realized that this is going to become a problem.

I quote:

My request to you then, do you have sufficient contact with the others banks mentioned above to address this matter? It simply is not acceptable that a blind person will have to be dependent on someone else to enter his / her PIN at these point of sale machines.

End of quote:

Now, this is only one issue that was raised.  Continue reading ABSA, joining the FNB camp of non-cooperation – not interested in the blind or visually impaired