National Federation of the Blind Applauds Continued Support from Google for KNFB Reader

Google Supports Continued Development of Text Recognition App that Gives the Blind Access to Print

Baltimore, MD (October 7, 2016): The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce that Google continues its support of the development and distribution of KNFB Reader. For a limited time, KNFB Reader will be offered for the reduced price of $19.99 for the Android app.

KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud. It’s easy to use. Take a photo and the app reads the text aloud in clear synthetic speech. And it’s fast–the print will be yours almost instantaneously.

The app is fully accessible thanks to Google TalkBack and app functionalities that guide the blind user in independently taking the perfect picture. The app can currently recognize text in nineteen different languages, and is compatible with connected Braille displays.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said:

We are delighted that continued support from Google will allow us to further develop the KNFB Reader app and to get this life-changing technology into the hands of more people who can benefit from it. We deeply appreciate Google’s continued support because it means that more people who are blind or who have print disabilities will have a quick and convenient means of accessing the printed word.

One new KNFB Reader user said,

I had a minor medical procedure recently and upon discharge I was given a pile of papers which included my reported results. For the first time in my life, I was able to read my report in privacy and independently. If you are still wondering whether to buy this app, all I can say is that for me it was a good investment. I can imagine myself using the KNFB reader on a daily basis.

To purchase KNFB Reader for Android, , visit the Google Play store.