Samsung has released three new accessories for special needs users of the Galaxy Core Advance mobile device. Announced this week, the Ultrasonic Cover, Optical Scan Stand, and Voice Label upgrade the Galaxy Core Advance to a flawless user experience at an affordable price.
Already available and offered separately from the device, the accessories are designed to assist disabled and visually impaired users.
It seems like Samsung would have wanted the timing of this release to tie-in to it’s Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games advertising campaign- er, I mean partnership. But for whatever reason, there is no connection. Too small of a market niche I suppose.
The Core Advance, announced late in 2013, is Samsung’s Android smartphone with accessibility options. It is intended to address small-screen readability issues for those with impaired vision.
Tile Plus Siri
The Voice Label is a sort of Tile app crossed with Siri. It will help users distinguish objects by allowing them to make notes and tag voice labels easily on-the-go. With near field communication technology enabling a seamless connection to their smartphones, users can record, stop and access their notes. This feature could also help a user distinguish how to use electronics by allowing them to record a short explanation.
The Ultrasonic Cover shown in the photo above is an attachment that lets users detect obstacles and navigate unfamiliar places. Personal Sonar for the win! It does this by sending an alert through a vibration or TTS feedback. By holding the Cover in front of you, it can augment awareness of your surroundings by sensing the presence of a person or object up to 2 meters away.
The Optical Scan Stand shown below positions the device to optimally focus on printed text and images. It automatically activates an optical scanning application, which recognizes text from an image and reads it aloud to the user. The Optical Scan Stand would be especially useful when the user is alone, since it automatically starts the application to read text as soon as paper is sensed on the stand.
The Galaxy Core Advance itself features a 4.7” display and packs a range of smart features, including S Voice, S Translator, Sound & Shot, Group Play and Easy Mode, as in other products in the Galaxy series.
Pre-loaded disability assistive software specific to the Core Advance includes a Light Sensing App, Instant Voice Recorder, and Voice Guided Camera.
The Core Advance has a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 1GB RAM, 8GB Internal memory and microSD compatibility up to 64GB. In other words, it’s basically an S2 with lower screen resolution (800×480 pixels) and upgraded Android.