The smart phones, particularly Android, is not just a multimedia applications used for social networking, or gaming, but also for improving the quality of life for people around you. In particular, you can also improve quality of life for people with disabilities. Here we can find a full technological development related to smart phones, which has grown to become an important tool to help People with disability in their daily lives. Nokia, perhaps with the first Symbian, developed a set of interfaces and speech-based programs that allowed the use of phones for many people, including those with visual impairments or severe vision problems.
iPhone and Android OS have displaced the Symbian almost completely and, as usual, these applications or programs are adapted to the new dominant OS. There are many alternatives for our operating system we do not know, either because we have no need or because we have not have the curiosity to go and find applications of this type.
We discovered a very good tool which shows that Android is a fully adaptable to the any kind of user and this tool is known as Georgie. Georgie is an interface and a real system designed to help people with serious vision problems with the phone. It Not only manages the calls but also many other applications like messages, maps, social networking tools and more.
You can configure many aspects of this interface, such as responsiveness, screen brightness, volume, color, type of feedback, and we can put a “safe mode” or not to restrict access to the parts of our Smartphone. The state of the network service is GPS, WiFi and we can know about the battery status with a voice interface. If the battery is low the phone will get shutdown and the user will get a voice message. Various other functions like lock / unlock the screen and the on / off airplane mode, can also be configured using voice commands. There is not a single large button interface in the phone, but behind it is a good setting that allows the user to get the best out of the phone.
The application itself is available directly at Play Store and requires Android 2.1 or higher to run. But that’s not all, because we can buy a $249 package which includes phone, and a programming interface that we can configure directly. It is certainly a good idea and I am sure it will be very helpful for the people with disability issues.
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