In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us Cash Reader Tool for Blind. Cash Reader identifies banknote denomination for the largest number of currencies. Point your camera to the money in hand and hear, see or feel its value.
How does it work?
Open the app and place the banknote in front of the camera, it's that simple!
The banknote denomination is instantly read aloud via your device's speaker. In the same time, large contrasting characters will appear on the screen.
On silent mode, the denomination will be transformed into vibrations. This feature helps you to quickly identify and count bills even in noisy environments or when privacy is needed.
Cash Reader Tool for Blind on the App Store:
Hello guys, Thanks for sharing this grate audio file in here.
As always, you do a great podcast! I took a read through the current app listing for Cash Reader and I was wondering about the comparison for low light performance and speed or success of recognition with LookTel (now NantMobile) Money Reader. Admittedly, that most recent comment was from someone trying the app on an iPad Mini, and finding difficulty using it in comparison with the NantMobile Money Reader, but do you have any comments about this?
Hi Esther! Thanks for the kind words about the podcast.
That is a good question as I had the exact same question to myself before I did this podcast. What and how does Cash Reader compare to say like the Nant Money Reader and the Microsoft Seeing AI when it comes to Identifying currency.
To be fair I only used my iPhone 10s for this test and used it in different environment. In my finding that I felt that the Cash Reader was just as fast if not a hair faster than the Nant Money Reader. Microsoft Seeing AI took a bit more effort and I felt it was slower than the other two. Now taking them all in the complete darkness or poor lighting. I still felt that the Cash Reader did just as good as the Nant Money Reader in terms of how quickly I was able to thumb through several bills. Because my iPhone model does support the automatic torch lighting, they also did well up as different environment.
Now taking an iPhone and compare this with an iPad is not even close. As we are comparing apple and oranges. As I don't know the model people have in terms of what generation of iPad that they have. In my case I have an older iPad Mini and this model does not support the torch lighting feature as my iPhone does. So essentially there is no doubt thing will behave differently. However, to be fair when using my iPad Mini in fair lighting environment. I still didn't have that much of a difference between the Nant Money Reader and Cash Reader.
The bottom line is that I felt in my testing is that Nant Money Reader and Cash Reader gave about the same results. Except for that Nant is badly outdated and requires an entire app update to replace currency that have changed. Lastly, obviously the haptic of the bank notes is only on the Cash Reader giving it a leg up on the competition. Some even ask for if it will do front or back of a bank note recognition. Which to be fair none of the money identifier like Microsoft Seeing AI and Nant Money Reader don't even have this feature either.
In the end it is going to be a personal preference and the number of variables is going to be quite different from each other. Does your device support the torch lighting, are you using an iPad camera?, are you using an iPhone camera?, how you are holding the money and flipping through them, and such. As the two cameras are quite different as holding a currency to identify on an iPhone is very different than using my iPad Mini. Also, I wonder if different currency would make a difference as well as I only tested this with the United States dollars.