5 Questions to Ask about KNFB Reader Mobile for Cell Phones
I’m sure many of you have read or heard about KNFB Reader Mobile for cell phones. This would be a ground-breaking development although its current price may dismay many potential users. Anyway, I think it would be quite interesting to find answers to the following 5 essential questions. If these questions are answered, our appreciation of this enhancement will increase.
Which OCR engine does KNFB Reader Mobile use?
Having come from the world of PC-based OCR engines, I’d be happy to know which OCR engine KNFB Reader Mobile uses. As far as I know, ABBYY develops a special edition of FineReader for mobile platforms including Symbian, and ABBYY calls it Mobile OCR SDK 2.0. If a proprietary OCR has been developed for this reader, what does it offer which cannot be found in ABBYY’s product?
Which TTS engine does KNFB Reader Mobile use?
The answer to this one is at the heart of all applications developed for the visually impaired. Does it use Eloquence, RealSpeak, DECTalk, or something else? Or, alternatively, does it rely on the TTS engine provided by the screen reader on the handset? I’m assuming that it uses a TTS engine so as not to depend on a particular screen reader.
Would a demonstration copy of KNFB Reader Mobile be available?
This should have been a wish not a question! I think there would be nothing wrong with a 20-minute or 40-minute demonstration of KNFB Reader Mobile, because purchasing a product with its, ahem, high price without giving it a try is unconventional. I just hope the developers decide to do something for us demo maniacs.
How many saving options does KNFB Reader Mobile provide?
If I’m correct on this, KNFB Reader Mobile can save the scanned text as TXT files. If that is the case, would it also provide the ability to save in, say, RTF? My problem with TXT is that it cannot retain font and formatting information, so if I scan a magazine article with KNFB Reader Mobile, I wouldn’t want to save it as a TXT file. This brings up the issue of convertors for KNFB Reader Mobile, so I’d like to know if it ships with convertors of that ilk.
Does it provide any spell checkers or accuracy evaluators?
I’m an avid user of the Kurzweil 1000 and apply its Ranked Spelling and Confidence Level mechanisms on a daily basis to the material I scan. As such, I’d like to know if any of these, or something similar to these, can be found in KNFB Reader Mobile. In other words, apart from notifying users of the way a particular picture has been taken, how is it going to help people know if the end result, that is the actual text, can be relied upon?
I guess I’ve asked more than 5 questions here. If any of you know the answer to one or more questions or are ready to speculate, the Comments section welcomes you!