May 27, 2015

New Free Apps Are Making Life Easier

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New Free Apps Are Making Life Easier

MD Support recently launched LowViz Guide, a free indoor way-finding app for attendees at low vision conferences. And now, Novartis Pharmaceuticals has announced development of two apps that will make perfect partners. In collaboration with AMD Alliance International, the company has developed two free applications called ViaOpta Navigator and ViaOpta Daily.
ViaOpta Navigator is a smartphone-based GPS which enables a blind or low vision person to move independently when walking outdoors. It provides real-time information on upcoming junctions, distances and directions. At any time, the user can request exact street address positioning and receive specific turn by turn directions. The app also provides real-time information on upcoming junctions, distances and directions.
Once the user has reached the destination, bluetooth beacon technology such as LowViz Guide will assist in navigating inside the building, while ViaOpta Daily will help with specific tasks. It incorporates 6 main functions accessible from the main screen:

  • Weather
  • Magnifying glass
  • Timer
  • Contacts
  • Color recognizer
  • Money recognizer

The apps communicate information audibly even if a screen reader isn’t running on the device. Nearly everything a person needs to accomplish basic daily functions are now available at no cost by anyone owning a smartphone.
ViaOpta Navigator and ViaOpta Daily are available from iTunes App Store or Google play. They will also become available via the Apple iWatch at the end of June. For more information and to download the apps, select this link.
For information about LowViz Guide, visit MD Support.

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