Using OCR for video displays and screens

iOS and iPadOS

I have an iPhone 6 S. This may be a crazy question, but has anyone used any kind of OCR or camera app to read a television screen or other displays? If so, which app works best?




Submitted by Kathy Blackburn on Sunday, January 3, 2016

When my Windows 7 laptop fails to boot properly, I have had good luck using the Video camera feature of Google Goggles. KNFB Reader works, too. I did once read the television screen with Google Goggles, but I could not hold the phone and the remote at the same time, so access to the menu didn't really help much.

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Sunday, January 3, 2016

In a demonstration, a presenter showed how he could use KNFB Reader to read a computer screen from several metres away with accuracy. A lot of people on this website and others have said that KNFB Reader is worth the purchase.

Submitted by Ann on Sunday, January 3, 2016

In reply to by TJT 2001

Would anyone happen to have a link for that above mentioned demonstration?

I have purchase KNFB reader for my IOS devices, and it is wonderful. Maybe I'll try it on screens.

Submitted by OldBear on Monday, January 4, 2016

There's been a few times when I've grabbed my phone and used KNFB Reader to see what's on the screen of a computer that's lost speech output or boots up muted. It helps to turn off the flash, and it usually does a good job. It won't help you select something from a complex menu on the computer, like the bios during boot, of course. LOL
Getting high quality OCR on a phone has made a huge difference in my life, by the way. Hope it works out for you.

Now there is an app I would haply pay for, even if I had to save a year for it. One that could OCR a video display/TV screen and tell you what was selected in the menus would be something a lot of us would relish.