Amedia Live Reader

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Description of App: 

Features:
* Scans a live image captured by a camera and reads the texts in it in real-time.
* Designed for visually impaired users.
* Supported language: English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Japanese and Korean.
* Employs an excellent OCR technology powered by ABBYY.

How to Use:
1. Open the App with VoiceOver tuned on.
2. Tap the "Active" button to focus. The App starts beeping.
3. Direct the camera to letters. The App detects and read them in real-time.
4. Hold the device flat (with the camera facing down) to take a still picture. This is useful when you're reading paper sheets on a desk.
5. The previously read texts can be reached by left swiping.
6. Copy the texts to the Clipboard in the Settings screen.

Capturing Tips:
Do not put the camera too close to the subject.
Try to face the camera front to the target.
For best results, taking a distance from 20cm to 30cm (or 10 inches) to the target.
For larger objects such as signboards, take 2 to 3 meters (or 10 feet) or more would be recommended.

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

1.1

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

9.3.2

Accessibility Comments: 

fully accessible

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

this app is based off the same OCR technology that powers knfb reader, however it doesn't offer a field of view report, I have only spent a few minutes with this app so I haven't quite worked out how the beeps help with lining up, or how the results compare to knfb reader. a big selling point for this app seems to be some of the non western languages it supports. one nice feature with this app is it can read text in realtime which knfb reader can't do, and although we have apps that can read in realtime they generally haven't been based off good technology, hopefully as this is based off the same technology that powers knfb reader it will give better results than other apps that can also read in realtime.