The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), in conjunction with Sensotec NV, is pleased to announce that the KNFB Reader is now available for Android devices. Released for iOS in 2014, the KNFB Reader app uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology to take a picture of printed text using the built-in cameras available on smart phones and tablets and convert it into speech. Now, in response to popular demand, we are proud to bring the reader to the Android platform.
In addition to the Android version of the app, we have added new features to the iOS app. One of the most exciting of these is integration with the popular file storage, sharing, and collaboration platform, Dropbox. Now, when users scan a document with the KNFB Reader, it can be instantly saved in a Dropbox folder tied to the user’s account. Users can even retrieve documents from Dropbox after they are deleted from their smart phone or other device. Other features include “stand scan mode,” which is used to scan large numbers of pages, and the ability for Android users to try the app before buying.
Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The KNFB Reader is already a worldwide success for its outstanding optical character recognition technology. We are now striving to make the app more functional and useful in everyday life across multiple platforms and devices. We are proud that this life-changing app is now available to users of Android devices, and we believe that integration with Dropbox will make the app dramatically more useful by allowing for the easy storage and retrieval of scanned documents without taking up valuable space on users’ phones. We will continue working to make the KNFB Reader an indispensable app for blind people and others who cannot read print the world over.”
Arden Hoffman, Dropbox’s global head of HR, added: “At Dropbox we’ve been working to raise awareness of accessibility in everything we do, from how we recruit to how we make products, with the goal of building global technology that’s usable by all people. We’re thrilled to integrate with the KNFB Reader, an app that utilizes the best in accessibility tech, to take the next step towards this goal.”