A "money reader" for blind users

Started by chrisild, August 21, 2012, 06:36:30 PM

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If you are blind/vision-impaired and would like to know what denomination a bank note (that you get back in change maybe) is - here is an interesting gadget. :) And no, this is not an ad, I just read about the app. It's called "LookTel Money Reader" and costs about 10 US dollars or 8 euro.

The app is apparently for Apple users only - it works with an iPhone, iPad and a Mac. And it supports dollar (US, Canadian, Australian) notes as well as euro and pound notes: http://www.looktel.com/moneyreader (there is also a short demo video at the bottom). Sounds interesting especially for blind users in the US where all dollar bills, regardless of the denomination, have the same size.

Another app, again iOS only, was developed by the US government (actually the BEP which prints the dollar bills). This one is called "EyeNote" http://www.eyenote.gov/  The good thing is, it's free. The bad thing - apparently it is quite picky about the correct position of the bill. Here is a quick comparison http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4hz2DtDHMQ ... except that for some reason, they got Money Reader at a better price. ;)



Looks pretty wonderful but I did not think much of the BEP man saying hold the camera about six to eight inches above the note - -difficult if you are blind to know just what this measurement is.

Likewise elsewhere the mention of turn on phone and tap icon - how do the blind people find the icon?

Sometimes I have to tap icons two or three times before they work. [Samsung]
Have a look at  my tokens and my banknotes.