K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc. has today announced that the KNFBReader iPhone app will be launched concurrently with Apple’s iOS 8 in September.
The app, which will allow blind or print-disabled users to quickly and independently scan and read a variety of documents on their iPhone 5 or later, was originally expected to be released by the end of August 2014. According to a media release distributed to AppleVis, the plan to coordinate release of the KNFBReader iPhone app with Apple’s upgrade to iOS 8 will "best assure that the app works as intended for all users without any interruption or possible need to uninstall and upgrade due to Apple’s newest operating system release."
"All of us at K-NFB and Sensotec are truly gratified with the worldwide interest expressed in the KNFB Reader iOS app," said James Gashel, Vice President of Business Development at K-NFB Reading Technology. "The app has been built for use with iPhone 5 or above, and running iOS 7 or higher. Our plan to coordinate its release with iOS 8 will best assure that the app works as intended for all users without any interruption or possible need to uninstall and upgrade due to Apple’s newest operating system release."
According to Gashel, KNFBReader is expected to hit the app store on the same day that iOS 8 becomes available to the public. K-NFB Reading Technology previously announced that the app's price will be $99.
KNFBReader was first unveiled at the 2014 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in July. Following the convention, AppleVis also recorded a podcast with Gashel to discuss the KNFBReader app.
The full text of the media release from K-NFB Reading Technology and Sensotec is below:
Announcing KNFB Reader for iOS Release Plan
Waltham, MA (August 29, 2014): Responding to worldwide inquiries, K-NFB Reading Technology and Sensotec have announced today that the release of the KNFB Reader iPhone app is being scheduled to coordinate with Apple's upgrade to its new iOS 8 operating system, expected to occur on or about September 10, 2014.
Commenting on this decision, K-NFB's Vice President of Business Development, James Gashel said: "All of us at K-NFB and Sensotec are truly gratified with the worldwide interest expressed in the KNFB Reader iOS app. The app has been built for use with iPhone 5 or above, and running iOS 7 or higher. Our plan to coordinate its release with iOS 8 will best assure that the app works as intended for all users without any interruption or possible need to uninstall and upgrade due to Apple’s newest operating system release.”
The KNFB Reader iOS app was first announced and demonstrated during the 2014 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in the United States. Since that time excitement about the life-changing potential of this app has been building as word of its release has spread around the world. Designed to be fast, accurate, and efficient, the KNFB Reader iPhone app allows anyone to snap a picture of printed text, in several languages, and quickly have the words read aloud. The first release will initially support read aloud in 11 languages, with more to come. The app has been designed to particularly benefit blind, visually impaired, and print disabled users.
Documents can be saved, stored, and shared with others as well. More information about the KNFB Reader for iOS app is available at http://www.knfbreader.com, with links to video and audio presentations, description of features, and more. Please visit the website for progress announcements as the days tick down to release of both iOS 8 and the KNFB Reader iOS app, and sign up for our email notifications as well.
About K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.
Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, K–NFB Reading Technology, Inc. is a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies, founded by Ray Kurzweil, a forty-year innovator and pioneer in assistive technologies and the inventor of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind; and the National Federation of the Blind, the largest, most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The company is known worldwide having launched the world’s first hand-held text to speech reader in 2006 followed in 2008 by release of the world’s first reading technology—the popular knfbReader Mobile software running on a cell phone. The company's latest product, the KNFB Reader iPhone app will be released in late summer 2014 and made available for purchase and download from Apple’s App Stores throughout the world.
About our development partner, Sensotec Located in Jabbeke, Belgium, Sensotec was founded in 1986 as a company active in the development of aids for visually impaired persons, assisting them so that their integration into society is not just a fanciful notion but to actually make it happen at home, at work or in education. Sensotec currently is a leading company for the manufacturing and distribution of assistive technologies for the visually and reading impaired. It’s main products include the Reporter Smart Reading machine, the EuroSoft braille notetaker software, the localized versions of Kurzweil 1000 and Kurzweil 3000 software, Kurzweil 3000 Mobile, WoDy, Daisy apps... and the KNFB Reader App for iOS which is developed in collaboration with K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc. www.sensotec.be"