Mobile assistive technology provider RAZ Mobility has launched a Google certified smartphone designed specifically for individuals who are blind or visually impaired: the SmartVision 3.
The SmartVision 3 is a fully functional Android smartphone with an important innovation: it allows people with vision loss to control all aspects of the phone with a tactile keypad, rather than touch-screen gestures, which are difficult for many. As a result of this innovation, the user experience for people who rely on a built-in screen reader to navigate their smartphone is significantly improved, and more people will be able to benefit from smartphone technology.
In a 2021 study published by Jama Ophthalmology, “Prevalence of Visual Acuity or Blindness in the U.S.,” researchers found that more than 7 million Americans are living with uncorrectable vision loss, including more than 1 million who are blind. The SmartVision 3 is a unique smartphone engineered to serve this population.
All features of the SmartVision 3 are 100 percent accessible to individuals with no sight at all.
- The smartphone screen reader is controlled through tactile buttons or touchscreen gestures.
- Use the keypad to place, answer or reject phone calls, write text messages, and more.
- The dedicated button on the right edge of the phone provides quick access to the Google Assistant for voice commands and allows you to dictate text in the input area.
- The SmartVision 3 has a number of special pre-installed apps for people with vision loss, including a banknote recogniser, colour detector, light detector, and magnifier.
- Use NFC tags to recognise objects or perform certain actions, like dial a number. The phone includes 5 NFC tags.
- Download any app from Google Play, such as Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Amazon, DoorDash, The New York Times, and more.
- Charge the battery of the SmartVision 3 with a custom-built wireless charger designed for people who are blind.
Nermin Selimic, COO of RAZ Mobility, said that “allowing people who are blind or visually impaired to control their smartphone with a tactile keypad, and a dedicated button to easily access voice controls and the Google Assistant, is a giant step forward for inclusive design and access for people with vision loss.”
RAZ Mobility is the exclusive distributor of SmartVision 3 for the United States and offers the phone to consumers, state government agencies, blind rehabilitation centres, medical centres of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, non-profit organisations, and for-profit companies.
For more information visit: www.razmobility.com/solutions/smartvision-3-smartphone/.