elumos new mobile software supports blind and visually impaired at the shopping spree on the SightCity Frankfurt (28-30 April 2010) Germany’s largest trade fair for blind and visual resources for the handicapped, presents the elumo GmbH in Munster for the first time the new shopping aid PocketShopper (www.pocketshopper.eu) the public. Specializing in the development of innovative mobile software, which provide mobility and independence of blind and visually impaired users, this is after the reading software TextScout already the second product of the Westphalian this young company. The functionality of mobile phones has grown steadily in the last years, so you’re already wearing a small computer in your pocket. The performance of devices can serve not only to entertain, but open up the prospect of an independent living people with a visual impairment. elumos handy shopping aid PocketShopper, for example, supports blind and partially sighted people at shopping. Because while many people enjoy it, to browse through the supermarket offering and to snap up a bargain, the shopping with some difficulties associated for most of the more than 600,000 blind and visually impaired in Germany: often they are dependent on foreign aid.
I’m even blind and go shopping alone is sometimes not easy. When packaging the same feel, I have a seller or another customer to ask, what kind of a product it is. I can with PocketShopper but simply read to me, if I can handle straight milk or fabric softener in the hand”, says elumo employee Faten Faroon. The practical guide to buying PocketShopper consists of a mobile software and a small, cordless barcode scanner, with which article can be scanned. As soon as the device has found the bar code on the product, a beep sound is heard and the product information will be read out.
Detected most supermarket products, include also goods from discounters such as Aldi or Lidl. Also CDs and books, which are even PocketShopper Blurb reads, recognized. The mobility of the device was particularly important for the developer says Managing Director Christian Bott: PocketShopper hinders the user not purchasing because Cordless bar code scanner is easy to use with one hand. You can then store the phone within earshot, for example, in the shopping basket and so you have your other hand free to find products from the supermarket shelf.” But even at home, PocketShopper can be a useful aid to identify various objects which do not have bar code. With the scanner and the software additional supplied barcode labels, can be individually identified by voice recording or entering text in the cell phones.