KNFB Reader makes the print yours.
KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud. It’s easy to use. Take a photo and the app reads the text aloud in clear synthetic speech. And it’s fast – the print will be yours almost instantaneously.
Worried about getting the right photo? The app will help you. It has text detection so you know you have the printed side of the page. The app also helps you get the whole page photographed with tilt and viewfinder assist. Just a tap of the finger and the print is yours.
NFB Applauds Continued Support from Google
Baltimore, MD (October 5, 2016): The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce that Google continues its support of the development and distribution of KNFB Reader. For a limited time, KNFB Reader will be offered in select markets for the reduced price of $19.99 for the Android app.
Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are delighted that continued support from Google will allow us to further develop the KNFB Reader app and to get this life-changing technology into the hands of more people who can benefit from it. We deeply appreciate Google's continued support because it means that more people who are blind or who have print disabilities will have a quick and convenient means of accessing the printed word.”
One new KNFB Reader user said, “I had a minor medical procedure recently and upon discharge I was given a pile of papers which included my reported results. For the first time in my life, I was able to read my report in privacy and independently. If you are still wondering whether to buy this app, all I can say is that for me it was a good investment. I can imagine myself using the KNFB reader on a daily basis.”
KNFB Reader can be purchased for Android at the Google Play Store.
Wondering how KNFB Reader can help you achieve your independence? Here are some comments from KNFB Reader users about how KNFB Reader helps them live the lives they want, independently:
“I can read the directions of my brownie mix.”
“I love the fact that I can read my children’s school reports.”
“Because of the app I can now troubleshoot things on my computer when the screen reader is frozen. I can read the screen of a television in case of a cable programming error.”
“Today I used KNFB Reader to read the PIN on a new credit card.”
“I use it to read restaurant menus. I tell people, it’s like having eyes in your pocket.”
KNFB Reader earns 2nd AFB Access Award for the NFB
We are pleased to announce that the National Federation of the Blind will be honored with a second American Foundation for the Blind Access Award at the 2016 AFB Leadership Conference for our work on KNFB Reader. The NFB previously won and AFB Access Award in 1998 for NFB-NEWSLINE. The AFB's Access Awards honor individuals, corporations, and organizations that are eliminating or substantially reducing inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. Click this link to read the AFB press release.
KNFB Reader Wins an AppleVis 2015 Golden Apple Award
The KNFB Reader team is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the AppleVis Golden Apple Award for Best Assistive App for the second year in a row. Earlier this year, the KNFB Reader was inducted into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame and we are honored to have been recognized in both instances. AppleVis Golden Apple Awards are awarded by community votes to developers in recognition of excellence in iOS apps. AppleVis reports that KNFB Reader won the vote for 2015 in a “landslide.” To learn more, read our press release about our 2015 AppleVis Golden Apple Award.
What can this app do?
KNFB Reader Information Sheet (to download this accessible .pdf file, click the link and save the .pdf to your hard drive or device)
KNFB Reader can read receipts. You will know what has been put on your card at restaurants, stores, or in taxis.
KNFB reader can read package labels. Wonder what came in the mail? Need nutritional information from your breakfast cereal? KNFB Reader captures it all.
Is your screen reader not cooperating? KNFB Reader can capture print from your computer or tablet screen. Photograph the screen and know exactly what those error messages say.
What about user manuals? KNFB Reader can scan multiple pages at a time in the batch mode. Just turn the pages as you shoot the photos. And if you want that manual later, the text can be exported to Dropbox or Google Drive for retrieval at another time. Once you’ve scanned it, the print is yours.
KNFB Reader allows you access to your most private documents with complete independence. Review your taxes. Check the terms of your lease or mortgage documents. Read your lab reports from the doctor. Read your bills – even those with tables. KNFB Reader makes that print yours too.
The app is fully accessible thanks to Google TalkBack and Voiceover app functionalities that guide the blind user in taking the perfect picture. It is also compatible with connected Braille displays.
Where to Purchase the KNFB Reader
KNFB Reader can be purchased for iOS at the App Store.
KNFB Reader can be purchased for Android at the Google Play Store.
Giving KNFB Reader as a gift is easy! You can obtain iTunes or Google Play gift cards at many local retailers such as Target and Walmart or online at Amazon.com. To redeem iTunes gift cards, open the App Store, select the FEATURED TAB, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and choose REDEEM. You will need to sign in using your Apple ID, and then you will be prompted to use your phone’s camera to photograph the bar code on the gift card, or enter the redemption code from the card manually. To redeem a Google Play gift card, choose the Navigation button in the upper left corner, then scroll down and choose REDEEM, and enter the redemption code located on the Google Play gift card.
You can gift KNFB Reader iOS directly to someone by opening the App Store, and searching for KNFB Reader. Then select the app. At the top of the screen near the BACK button is a SHARE Button. Choose that and then choose GIFT (you will need to swipe past several options to reach this). Next will be a screen where you must enter the recipient’s email (you will need to use the email they have linked to their Apple ID). You can even include a message and set a specific date to send your gift.
Questions about using KNFB Reader?
For instructional videos about using KNFB Reader, please visit our online school at http://www.knfbreader.com/#school.
The KNFB Reader is developed by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Sensotec NV. Make the print yours and live the life you want.