NantWorks Releases iPhone App that Helps the Blind to See

NantWorks LLC, the company formed last year by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, released its much anticipated LookTel Recognizer app at California State University Northridge (CSUN)’s Center on Disabilities’ 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. LookTel Recognizer, now available in the iTunes App Store, enables blind or visually impaired users to recognize an object instantly by simply pointing their iPhone camera at it and listening to the phone tell them what it is. Recognition happens in real time, with no need to hold the camera still or take a photo. The app will identify packaged goods in the pantry or the grocery store, identity cards, CDs in a music collection and many other everyday objects. It can identify locations such as the entrance of a home or office and signs above store entrances or restrooms.

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NantWorks Releases iPhone App that Helps the Blind to See

Training the technology to recognize objects of importance to the user is a quick and easy process. Users build their item database by capturing an image of an item and recording an audio description. The item will then be immediately recognized when the phone camera is pointed at it. Recognizer allows users to back up and export their created databases via email, enabling them to share it with others or to restore a database from lost or replaced devices.

“More than 11 million Americans are considered blind or visually impaired,” said NantWorks Chairman and CEO, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. “This app, developed with the involvement of that community, is designed to increase independence and make a difference to a lot of people’s lives.”

Gary Kelly, Vice President of Product at LookTel, explained that “Recognizer can go to work when visual limitations are too great for identifying items in the environment where visual identification is essential. The app uses VoiceOver, the screen reading solution provided by Apple in every iOS device since the iPhone 3GS. VoiceOver aides Recognizer to bring the power of its unique engine to solving the everyday challenges encountered in performing simple tasks of daily living by so many Americans.”

You can download the app here, or watch a video demonstration here.

Background on LookTel
Recognizer represents an evolution of NantWorks’ patented and proprietary object recognition technology featured in the LookTel “Money Reader”, an app launched in March 2011 that has already helped thousands of users with visual impairments or blindness identify and count bills. It earned a 5-star review average and a featured spot in the Apple App Store’s “What’s Hot” and Apple’s “Utility App of the Year” Categories. The original technology was under sponsorship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was awarded two research grants from the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institute of Aging (NIA).

LookTel has been featured by the New York Times, Time, Tech Crunch, Engadget, and several other major publications. LookTel was selected as the winner of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility. The award, which recognizes outstanding efforts to advance communications accessibility for people with disabilities, was awarded in Washington D.C. on October 28, 2011. For more information, see http://www.LookTel.com.

IBuildApp Announces New Android App Creator

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iBuildApp Announces New Android App Creator

iBuildApp announced today a new Android app creatorcalled Android Builder. The tool simplifies creating an iPhone and Android apps for smartphones.

The iPhone solution has been live for a few months and has over 10,000 users. Small and large businesses can now easily create apps for Android devices without the need to hire expensive developers.

“iBuildApp has been testing our iPhone building solution with small business for the past 7 months. We’ve found that it opens up a world of amazing creative ideas for how mobile apps can be used for marketing and entertainment,” said Rafael Soultanov, CEO of iBuildApp.

The free solution allows anyone to create their own apps rather than hope developers create what they need. It also makes it easy to build and automatically publish an app to an app gallery. Some customers have become so good at creating iPhone apps they have started to make apps for others (becoming resellers).

The iBuildApp Android solution helps businesses to create Android apps using online WYSIWYG editor so it does not require any coding. Now anyone can build an Android app using the web interface, without any knowledge of Java (the language used to build Android apps).

The web preview interface allows a quick preview of the app while building it, without having to test it on an actual device.

There are many templates to choose from and the iBuildApp team is building 40-50 more. There will be templates for all types of business and personal uses, including for:

  • restaurants
  • e-commerce stores
  • insurance and real estate agents
  • car dealers
  • doctor and medical offices
  • fitness centers
  • corporations
  • bloggers
  • bookstores
  • photo portfolios (and photographers)
  • travel guides
  • sports teams
  • music
  • personal social networking

iBuildApp will soon give users access to the GPS, SMS, Camera and other powerful features. These will be able to be used in many different configurations (to be released in the second half of June).

There has been a strong demand for the service. In the last 35 days the number of signups has almost doubled, beating all conservative estimates.

iBuildApp is currently closing in on 10,000 apps mark in its App Gallery (similar to an app store). Those numbers are about to double this month and are expected to reach 40,000 by September.

“Given the popularity of Android phones, we suspect the number of Android apps our customers build are likely to catch up to Apple quickly,” said Soultanov.

Apple’s iPhone App Store has many more apps than the Android Market, with over 500,000 applications and games as of June 1st. In contrast Business Insider said in March 2011, that the Android Market has hit the 250,000+ mark. However, the gap is closing and is expected to close as fast as this August.

Go to http://www.iBuildApp.com to try out the new Android app creator.

Royal Wedding Latest – Mobile Phone Pouch Revealed For Kate and William

In honour of the forthcoming wedding between Katherine Middleton and William Windsor, Proporta, the gadget case and accessory manufacturer, is pleased to announce the latest addition to their Union Jack Pouch range for smartphones.

Royal Wedding Latest – Mobile Phone Pouch Revealed For Kate and William

Royal Wedding Latest – Mobile Phone Pouch Revealed For Kate and William

 

The universal pouch is truly a piece of Royal gadget bling, as it is made from real leather, and features a patent leather-style Union Jack design on the front.In honour of the forthcoming wedding between Katherine Middleton and William Windsor, Proporta, the gadget case and accessory manufacturer, is pleased to announce the latest addition to their Union Jack Pouch range for smartphones.

 

Gold Union Jack Smartphone Pouch £19.95

The Gold Union Jack Smartphone Pouch is made from the highest quality golden coloured real leather and fits iPhone 4 and 3GS models as well as the HTC Desire, Wildfire and Mozart models. In fact, it will accommodate any gadget measuring up to 68 x 120 x 10mm and has a luxurious protective lining. A patent leather style Union Jack adds a touch of patriotism to the design and an integrated slot allows room for business cards, credit cards or a train ticket if you’re planning on making the journey to London for the big day.

Available from www.proporta.com on pre-order now. Will be on sale officially from March 7th.