Rogers Nokia E71 with Nuance’s TALKS software

Andrew Duong October 2, 2009 2


More and more cellphone companies have decided to help out the blind and deaf community and add accessibility features to their phones. As you may have noticed, the iPhone had a software upgrade earlier which allowed the blind or deaf to access the phone and use it easier and simpler. Nokia and Rogers seems to have followed that trend by adding a software called the Nuance’s TALKS software which reads out any text to a speech to help the blind use their Nokia E71’s and so on.

The software (Nuance Talks Premium Edition) that Rogers has
pre-installed on the Nokia E71 has the following features over and above
converting any text to speech.

Daisy2go audio book player

Screen magnification using the ZOOMS feature

Configurable user dictionary (e.g. for expanding abbreviations when
speaking, or for adapting pronunciation of individual words)

Ability to assign speech labels to icons

Object Viewer, letting the user view information and configure roles
(I.e. the way specific objects are spoken) for displayed objects

Support for accessing a 3rd party Braille driver, to connect supported
Refreshable Braille displays. These drivers are typically provided by
the manufacturer of the Braille display.

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