A quick demo of TapTapSee on Android

Description

TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives. Simply double tap the screen to take a photo of anything, at any angle, and hear the app speak the identification back to you.

(Note: Spoken identification requires Talkback to be turned on).

TapTapSee helps the blind and visually impaired become more independent in their day-to-day activities.

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Seika Mini Braille Display, affordable, portable and stylish

Note to current users of the Seika Mini Braille Display:
A new firmware version has been released for the Seika Mini Braille Display.
Download the new firmware Ver1.007 from here.

NIPPON TELESOFT CO., LTD. brings you the new Seika Mini Braille display. Sporting 16 cells of high quality 8 dot Braille, in a truely light and portable package; weighing a mere 300 Grams.

I’ve had the pleasure to put this Braille display through its paces for two weeks, thanks to Neville Clarence of
NCTec,
who made the Seika Mini available to me for evaluation.

Before I get down to my opinion, here’s the specifications for the Seika Mini Braille Display:

Specifications:

  • Display Capacity: 16 refreshable 8-dots Braille cells
  • Cursor routing Key: 16 keys
  • Function Keys: 4 function keys, 2 Navigation joystick keys
  • Braille input keys: 8 keys
  • Character code: Original 8 code
  • Memory: 4GB (Embedded Micro SD card)
  • Connectivity: USB, Mini USB, Micro SD card slot
  • Internal battery: Lithium rechargeable battery
  • Charge time: 2.5 hours(the charge time will longer if use Mini at the same time)
  • Power Supply: USB/AC Adapter/ Internal battery
  • Size: 6.3(W) 3.78(D) 0.9(H) inches.
  • Weight: 300g
  • Accessories:
    • Leather carry case,Neck strap,
    • AC adaptor (5V / 1A)
    • USB Cable (one head is USB male, the other head is mini USB male), it is primarily used for battery charging and screen reader data transfer)
    • Bluetooth USB Adapter
    • 4G Micro SD card which is in the Mini Seika in default
    • Documentation and Drivers on a CD
    • User Guide, in print

Introduction to the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro

The Samsung Galaxy Y Pro, also known as the Samsung Galaxy Txt, sports a rather impressive set of features for an entry-level Android phone.

 

With the fimiliar candy bar design, powered by an 832MHz CPU and weighing in at a mere 108 grams, this phone might not look like an interesting or colourful device but, for those with visual impairment and looking for a speaking phone, this phone is certainly a viable option.

 

In this podcast, I’ll introduce you to the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro and let you here the responsiveness of the speech.

 

Oh, did I mention that it has a qwerty keyboard?  Though not as nice as the Keyboard on some higher-end devices, it is still a nice keyboard.  There are dots on the F and the J and even two customizable hardware keys that can come in quite handy.

 

Before we jump into the phone specifications, I would just like to thank Samsung Mobility South Africa for loaning us a demonstration model of the Galaxy Y Pro.

 

 If you’d like to start listening, go ahead:


 

Rightclick here and select save as, or the appropriate option, to download AccessTech, Episode 1 – Samsung Galaxy Y Pro Review

Alternatively, you may read on:

 

Samsung Galaxy Y Pro B5510 Physical Specifications
Weight 108 grams
Height 110.80mm
Width 63.50mm
Depth 11.50mm
Form factor Candy bar with full QWERTY keyboard

Functional Specifications
Screen Type TFT
Touchscreen, capacitive
256K colours
Screen Resolution 320×240
Screen Features QWERTY keyboard
Accelerometer
Optical trackpad
Screen Size 2.60 inches (6.60cm)
Phone Memory 150MB
Expansion Slot microSD up to 32GB
Connectivity GPS with A-GPS support
GPRS
EDGE
HSDPA @ 7.2 Mbps
HSUPA
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
microUSB 2.0
Camera 3.15MP
Geo-tagging
Face detection
Other Features Stereo FM radio with RDS
3.5mm Audio jack
Java MIDP emulator
SNS integration
MP4/WMV/H.264 player
MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Organizer
Image/video editor
ThinkFree document viewer/editor
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
Adobe Flash support
Voice memo
Predictive text input
Standard battery: Li-Ion 1200mAh
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro B5510 Operational Specifications
CPU 832MHz CPU
Operating System Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)

At the time of this entry, VirginMobile has this phone available on a very reasonable 24 month contract package.

Here’s what you get:
R100 airtime p/m
Plus 1000 FREE SMSs
And then the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro.

This is available on the Classic Phone Contract 100. And before I forget, According to them, you will pay a R20 towards the Mandatory Itemised Billing.