Qualcomm, Project RAY unveil RAY mobile device for the blind

Qualcomm, through its Wireless Reach initiative and Project RAY, which designs accessibility tools for blind and visually impaired people, have announced they have developed the RAY mobile device, an always-on, easy-to-use, multi-function smartphone that is synchronized with Israel’s Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped audio books content.

Based on an off-the-shelf Android OS smartphone powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Project RAY device integrates capabilities of smartphone technology and the capabilities of these multiple-specialty devices into a single, cost-effective handset with mobile broadband connectivity and an UI designed for eye-free interaction.

A trial project is currently underway that is testing the new system with 100 participants throughout Israel. The UI supports a rich set of services, including phone calls, text messaging with vocal read-out, navigation, object recognition, social network services, remote assistance, audio-book reading and other leisure and entertainment offerings.

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