Mobile Speak software are full-fledged screen readers and Braille interfaces that let the blind and visually impaired access their mobile phone.
Mobile Speak product line of screen readers consists of software applications installed on a mobile phone or personal digital assistant (PDA), which allow blind persons to use the device even if they cannot read the visual screen. Information displayed on the screen is rendered in synthesized speech output generated using text-to-speech (TTS) technology and routed through the device’s speaker or a headset. Screen contents can also be presented in Braille if the mobile phone or PDA is connected to a Braille device with a refreshable Braille display. Speech and Braille output can be used at the same time, or independently, to do the following:
- Make and receive calls, manage contacts and call lists.
- Review the numbers entered in the dialer screen, and check the caller ID on incoming calls.
- Compose and read text messages (SMS), multimedia messages (MMS), and e-mail.
- Browse the internet.
- Create and read different types of files.
- Schedule appointments and tasks, and keep track of them using alarms and reminders.
- Listen to locally saved media files or internet audio streams.
- Configure phone settings, profiles and ringtones, speed dial keys and voice tags.
- Use other programs such as the Notes application, calculator, instant messenger, and file system browser.
- Share data with other mobile phones and computers.
Mobile Speak does not take over the software interface of the mobile device, so users can access all its built-in functions and applications and install compatible 3rd-party programs to do more with their mobile phone or PDA. External hardware such as Bluetooth keyboards and headsets are likewise supported.
Types of screen readers
- Mobile Speak for Symbian Series 60 9/8/7 Phones.
- Mobile Speak for Windows Mobile 6.0/ 5.0 Smartphones
- Mobile Speak for Pocket PCs (Windows Mobile 6.0/ 5.0/2003 2nd Ed.)
- Making Your Smartphone Smarter, Part 1: A Review of Mobile Speak Smartphone by Darren Burton - American Foundation for the Blind http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw080403&select=1#1
- El derecho al móvil - El País - NURIA LIMÓN - Madrid - 13 October 2007
- Blind Customers Demand a Voice in Cell Phones - Speech Technology - By Leonard Klie - Posted Oct 1, 2007