Disruptive smartphone brand HONOR gathered a select group of media from across the world for a press conference during IFA Berlin to share device news updates, new colours for the Honor 20 Pro and the exciting PocketVision app.
HONOR’s AI-powered PocketVision app makes it possible for individuals with a range of visual impairments to navigate the world more independently. According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 1.3 billion people live with some form of visual impairment. PocketVision harnesses the power of HONOR’s AI and quad-camera capabilities to deliver a portable, convenient and affordable alternative to other magnifiers and typo scopes typically used by many people with who struggle with their vision.
Developed by social enterprise ‘Eyecoming‘ and brought to the masses by HONOR’s cutting-edge tech, PocketVision features three key modes to help people read more clearly.
- Text-to-Speech Mode; powered by HONOR HiAI and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, this mode helps to convert pictures to text faster and more accurately. It then narrates the text from books, documents, menus and more with ease.
- Zoom-In Mode; leveraging the HONOR 20 PRO’s 48MP quad camera lens and 8MP telephoto lens for ultra-clarity, this mode allows users to zoom into text using the volume buttons on their device, making even the smallest type larger, less blurry and more legible
- Negative Image Mode; providing a range of colour filters to enhance text, this mode improves the contrast of printed materials for people who struggle to see certain colours
We love to see brands using their technology and influence to do social good. But the announcement was particularly special for us here at Gadgetsboy as our friend Ricky West, aka TechTalk in the UK took over part of the presentation. Ricky is visually impaired and spoke of his experiences, describing how having access to a tool like PocketVision has enhanced his daily life. Using the free-to-download app’s features, Ricky has been able to read signs in his hometown that he’d never be able to read before. This clever use of mobile tech and AI is helping people, like our friend Ricky West be more independent.