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Fw: NU12 Assignment Week 5 (May 15, 2012) - Smart Phone for the Blind (Bryan Roy Trinidad)


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Dear Prof. Saguinsin,
Below herewith is my NU12 Week 5 Assignment.
Thanks and regards.
Bryan Roy Trinidad
New Products/Product Improvements (Part IV)
As I sit on the bench in one of the malls in Quezon City , I just realized why do people only develop a gadget for those people that are not blind? Are there gadgets that is readily available in the market that could somehow help them in there everyday life?
This thought in my mind makes me realize to develop a lightweight smart phone device that will speak what it sees.
This smart phone device will let the users to take pictures of and read just about anything.
The smart phone can store thousands of pictures and printed pages with the built-in memory and you can even transfer these to PC, laptops or even a Braille note taker.
Another important feature of the device it can read printed documents like letter, bills, restaurant menu, an airline ticket, business card or an office memo using the built in camera, which I called 'Iscan', that the user can hear the contents of the printed document in seconds.
It also has a GPS device that will help not only to guide the user on the street but could give warning if there will an upcoming hazard in front or on his sides.
To be clearer on the product that I want to develop, the following are the specifications of the smart phone device:
-          It has a Bluetooth, USB, Wi-Fi and GPS device and it support a 2G and 3G Network.
-          It is waterproof up to 12 meter (39.4 feet) of salt water.
-          It used Android 32.3.7 Gingerbread operating software.
-          It has an internal memory of 1 GB and an expandable external memory (Micro SD Card up to 32 GB).
-          It has a 5 megapixel camera with Autofocus and it can record videos.
-          It has also a scanner device which I called 'Iscan' that can read documents
-         Its size is approximately 117 x 63 x 10 MM and weighs 120 grams
Overall, the smart phone device that I want to develop will not only give convenience to the blind but it will also be there eyes and ears in their everyday life. 4