Honor launches a new AI-powered smart app for the visually impaired

At this year's IFA, Honor announced a new color option for Honor 20 Pro, a wider market availability for its Honor Band 5 and also a new smart app that helps visually impaired users to read text.

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Honor launches AI-powered app for the visually impaired

Huawei’s sub brand Honor has announced a new AI-enabled app called PocketVision, which helps the visually impaired read documents and text using their smartphone camera. Essentially, the AI filters text in various colours and improves overall readability. The app is currently available for the Honor 20 Pro, as it utilizes the phones superior quad-camera technology.

The app is called PocketVision and it’s powered by Honor’s AI and the high-resolution camera on the Honor 20-series smartphones. The app can help people with impaired vision to read documents, menus and everything in between. There are three available modes so far – Text-to-Speech Mode, Zoom-In Mode and Negative Image Mode.

The first one is pretty self-explanatory – you point at a text and the phone reads it out loud. It works in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and German using the HiAI platform and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) by converting pictures into text.

The Zoom-In Mode utilizes the 48MP main camera on the Honor 20 family and the 8MP telephoto lens to zoom in on the text using the volume buttons delivering great text clarity. And lastly, the Negative Image Mode provides a wide range of color filters to enhance the image by improving the contrast of the text.

PocketVision is available at Huawei’s App Gallery and can be installed on all Honor smartphones, but it will work best on the Honor 20-series.

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