Award-Winning Text Recognition App that Gives the Blind Access to Print Now Available on Android

The National Federation of the Blind announces the release of the new KNFB Reader app for Android.

The KNFB Reader converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button. First released for iOS in 2014, the app is now available for purchase in the Google Play app store. It offers a “try before you buy” option of 25 scans free of charge. Additionally, to celebrate the Android release, the KNFB Reader app will be available for a very limited time on both iOS and Android platforms for $74.99, 25% off the regular price.

Using the KNFB Reader mobile app for iOS or Android, you can scan and read any printed material quickly and easily, and have it available via audio or connected refreshable Braille display.

This app is designed to be easy and quick. Just snap the picture, and the app reads the print. The KNFB Reader is designed to assist blind people in capturing the print – it has tilt guidance, field of view assistance, and automatic text detection so you can be sure you are getting the entire page. The KNFB Reader is also fast. Snap a photo and read printed material in seconds. If you desire more advanced features, KNFB Reader allows you to import documents, including .jpg and .pdf files, and export documents, including .txt and .html files, to cloud storage including Dropbox and Google Drive. Read things as simple as a receipt or package label, to something as large and complex as a manual or book, using the batch scan mode to capture multi-page documents. It can even read data in columns or tables that might be found on bank statements or monthly bills.

To purchase, visit the Google Play store or iTunes app store.

Fact Summary

  • iOS release 2014; Android October 2015
  • 25% reduced price iOS and Android Apps October 30, 2015 through November 1, 2015 ONLY: $74.99
  • Android app allows “try before you buy:” 25 scans for free
  • Field of view report, tilt guidance, and text detection for more accurate photos
  • Produces high quality synthetic speech output or connected refreshable Braille display
  • Scans can be imported as .jpg or .pdf, and exported as .txt or .html formats
  • Users can use cloud storage with DropBox or Google Drive
  • Batch scan mode for multi-page documents