How does a visually-impaired person use a smartphone? Well, that’s a question that I personally ask. HONOR says that there are 1.3 billion people around the world that has some form of visual impairment and with the help of the newly developed PocketVision that is paired with the HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 Pro, it helps the visually-impaired to read.
Actually, the PocketVision app is now available for download for free on all HONOR smartphones today. It supports English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Chinese languages.
HONOR partnered with the Royal Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to raise awareness of this and to help the visually-impaired to get on board with technology. In a way, the PocketVision is an alternative typoscope that fits in the pocket. It also has a total of 3 more features:
- Text-to-Speech Mode: Utilizes optical character recognition (OCR) to read texts and read it out loud
- Zoom-In Mode: Just a magnifying glass. It also allows granular magnification controls via the volume keys.
- Negative Image Mode: Can’t see certain colors? Then shift all the colors to a certain hue.
Since in the press release it was already mentioned that the PocketVision is available to download for free now on all HONOR smartphones, then there is no reason not to try this app if you have an HONOR smartphone. For me who somehow has better-than-average eyesight, I still prefer larger texts sometimes just for the sake of ease in reading.
Also, it goes to show that you don’t need fancy camera hardware to do basic magnification. Just digitally zooming into the text and sharpen the text is fine since texts are sharp anyway. Or having a list of filters are nothing out of the ordinary too.
However, integrating all of these features into a simple to use app for the sake of helping the visually-impaired is the main focus here.