Huawei brought some new goodies to this year’s IFA trade fair. Firstly, it announced a new revamped color version for the succesful Honor 20 Pro, then the Kirin 990 7nm+ chipset and the continued by announcing a wider availability for the Honor Band 5. But this isn’t everything, the company also announced an AI-powered smart app that helps visually impaired users to read the text.
The new accessibility tool is dubbed as PocketVision and it’s powered by Honor’s AI and the high-resolution camera on the Honor 20-series smartphones. The app will help the users with impaired vision to read texts, menus and everything in the phone’s interface. Currently, there are three modes available -Text-to-Speech Mode, Zoom-In Mode, and Negative Image Mode.
It’s not hard to understand the functionality of each one. The first mode will let users point at a text and then the phone reads it out loud. It currently supports English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and German. This function works thanks to HiAI platform and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) which converts images into text.
The Zoom-in-Mode makes use of the 48MP camera on the Honor 20 series as well as the 8MP telephoto lens. This way users can zoom in on the text with the use of volume buttons. The app will deliver improved text clarity for users. Last on the list, we have the Negative Image Mode. Don’t worry it won’t revert the phone’s colors to their negative counterparts. Instead, it provides a wide range of color filters to enhance the image by improving the contrast of the text.
PocketVision is available at Huawei’s AppGallery and can be installed on all Honor smartphones. But take in mind that they’ll work best on the Honor 20-series.