Nokia assistive app competition

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:17pm

Smartphone company Nokia and the Royal National Institute for Blind People in the UK have partnered in a competition for apps which assist people who are blind or vision impaired.

Eligible apps must be compatible with Windows 8 and Nokia Lumia phones. While there’s a broad range of assistance apps available on Android and Apple iOS phones, options for blind and vision impaired Windows users are far more limited. The Nokia Create: Do Good Mission aims to help remedy this.

The video made by Nokia to promote the competition features a number of people stating ideas for apps which could help them perform everyday tasks. Suggestions include an app to detect colour and another which could take a picture of a mathematical equation and read it back.

“People with low vision can benefit immensely from smartphones and smartphone apps,” said Robin Spinks in the video.

To be eligible for the competition apps should fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Image and Photo
  • Near Field Communication
  • Maps and Places
  • Music
  • Cross-8
  • Fun and Games
  • Work Life
  • Freestyle
  • Nokia Lumia Devices
  • Remote Device Access

Entries are due by 15 December 2013. Apps which have been developed for Android or iOS and adapted are also eligible. Further detail is available on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog.

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