Honor announces PocketVision app that uses AI to assist the visually impaired


Honor made a bunch of new announcements at the ongoing IFA 2019 trade show and one of the more notable launches was a new AI-powered app for helping the visually impaired. Called PocketVision, the new app is touted to help people with low vision and the visually challenged read text easily. The app was developed by the company Eyecoming and it comes with three main features to make reading easier for people. It has a text-to-speech mode, which works on Honor’s HiAI and employs Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for converting images to text and narrate it to the user. 

There’s also a zoom-in mode that enables users to zoom into a piece of text by using their handset’s volume buttons. A Negative Image Mode will enable one to apply colour filters over text to enhance or change the contrast, invert colours and more for improved readability. The PocketVision app is said to work best with the Honor 20 Pro, which features a 48MP main camera, along with an 8MP sensor that is paired with a telephoto lens. The app can be downloaded via the Huawei AppGallery and it supports English, Portuguese, Chinese, German, Spanish, and Italian languages. 

Similar to the PocketVision app, we previously came across a report that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is working on an app that would enable the visually-challenged to identify currency notes. The app will apparently be able to identify the denomination of notes by clicking an image. However, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, has already created a similar app that can recognise both old and new currency notes and announce them out loud. The app called Roshni is free to download from the Google Play Store and is the first app to successfully recognise new INR currency notes.

We spent some time with the beta version of Roshni back in January and you can check out our impressions of the app and a walkthrough of how it functions here.

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