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No I hadn't heard of the mobile phone app Tap Tap See until you mentioned it. I must admit I am a bit lazy in not learusing VoiceOver more often on an IPhone rather than getting a magnifier out to look at the screen, so that could be a useful app. I have started using the app KNFB Reader which converts a photo of any text to speech.
Thanks for mentioning.
Natalie Swiderska says
No problem, A colleague showed it to me a while ago and I was so impressed I wanted to find a way to share it but id like to see how well it works from the perspective of someone with little or no useful vision. Maybe you can give it a test run and report back?
Hi Natalie, I tried this app over the weekend with differing results. It is designed to identify up to three objects or things photographed at a time on a smartphone. I used my Apple iPhone with VoiceOver switched on as I am partially sighted in one eye and totally blind in the other.. To take photos you double Tap the screen as the TapTap part of the app name suggests. The website for the app suggests yo hold the phone 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimetres in metric) away from the object although results seem to differ to this.
I tried it on several things including small objects like coins and a sowing needle. The coins it identified, the needle it did not until it was photographed closer. I tested it on a baked bean tin and it even read the label. Also on a wheelie dustbin which registered correctly but using American terminology - i.e. trash whellie bin. I tried it on more distant objects when going for a walk and it identified a lake and trees which was more than a few metres away. When verifying colour it does not always get it 100 per cent right, but it is very near. E.g a green it stated as a grey but that could be the level of lighting. I tried it on the tv when it was both on and off. When on it seemed to lock up the app, but fine when it was switched off. So overall could be a very useful app, particularly in the kitchen.
Natalie Swiderska says
Great review Neil, sounds very interesting.
It sounds like it could be useful for some people. I like that it picked out the tree and lake for you on your walk and read the baked bean tin, that could be quite useful.
Maybe you could review a few apps for us? Maybe you could write a series of app blogs for us? What do you think?
Natalie thanks for your comments yes I can do some app reviews or a series of blog posts. for Action. Could be an interesting opportunity. I am still learning a lot about them as there loads! Let me know further details of what sort of apps you want me to write about and in what sort of format if any.
1. The picture can go back to crowd sourcing so that an actual person responds. That makes me feel guilty about taking pictures for the fun of it.
2. I think you only get 100 free pictures before being invited to subscribe. That makes me feel guilty about taking pictures for the fun of it.