Over the past few years, there have been several apps that will allow a person with vision loss to use the camera on an iPhone or iPad to read printed text. The most popular of these is called KNFB Reader. Although it is very accurate, the app costs around $100. This puts it out of reach for many individuals.
I wanted to make people aware of a new app called Prizmo Go that was just released on the Apple App Store. The app is free with the option of purchasing some additional features which I will describe below. The app is fully compatible with VoiceOver.
To recognize text, simply hold the phone over the text and press either volume button on the side of the phone to take the picture. You are given audio feedback when the text has been recognized. The text will begin reading aloud automatically.
In the app's basic free mode, you are able to read the text, but cannot share the text with other apps. In the app's settings you are able to purchase an "Export pack", which will allow you to share the text with other apps, as well as perform actions such as dialing phone numbers in the text. The Export pack costs $6.99.
The app will recognize text in several languages, including English, French, and Spanish. Text recognition does not require an Internet connection.
For an additional fee, you can purchase what the app calls "cloud OCR." This requires an Internet connection and will allow the phone to support many more languages and has better accuracy. CloudOCR is purchased according to the number of images you want to recognize. A 100 pack costs $1.39. The cost for 1000 images is $6.99.
In testing the app, I found that the built-in free text recognition is quite good and very fast.