Talks helps visually impaired mobile users

Visually impaired people in the UAE can now make greater use of the latest mobile technologies thanks to Tamkeen’s new ‘Talks’ software.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  May 12, 2005

Visually impaired people in the UAE can now make greater use of the latest mobile technologies thanks to Tamkeen’s new ‘Talks’ software. Tamkeen is a non-profit organisation that empowers the visually impaired in the UAE by providing training, support, and counselling. The Talks software runs on the Symbian operating system and verbalises menu functions on Nokia Series 60 compatible devices to access the internet. The software runs in the background and translates screens, keystrokes and menu selections into speech output that is audible via the handset speaker or a connected headset, making most phone functions accessible for customers with visual disabilities. The software can also tell the user if e-mail or text messages have arrived, what calls the user has missed and most other key screen functions. Tamkeen has added the software to its curriculum and students will be taught how to use Talks software. “As part of our commitment to bringing technology innovations to the service of the visually impaired, we are delighted to introduce this mobile phone software to the UAE, the first time it has been used in the MENA region,” said Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, general manager of Tamkeen and the CEO of Dubai Knowledge Village. “It will help open new opportunities for those we serve and assist them in being more independent and productive members of society, particularly given the increasingly central role of mobile communication devices in every part of our lives.” Tamkeen will soon celebrate the graduation of the first group of participants trained to use the new software and each of Tamkeen’s graduates will receive a Nokia 6680 phone equipped with the Talks software.

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