Blind Bargains has obtained presentation information for many of the sessions to be presented at the ATIA conference in Orlando in January. Among them is a presentation from aBISee, makers of the Eye-Pal and Eye-Pal Solo, of new functionality which allows for the reading of bills and forms. The process relies on creating a template for a bill (cable and utility bills are given as examples) and then the bill will be read aloud using either a PC-based or stand-alone solution. From the description, it sounds like some vision may be required to create the templates, though blind users could read the bills independently once the template is created. We've linked to the presentation outline from this post. Considering the timing of this information, it could change before the conference.Source: Go to source
Not sure exactly what the point of this is, I've always just scanned my bills and used FineReader to OCR them and it works fine. Don't need any special software for that, just a copy of FineReader (Windows or Mac) and that'll get the job done no problem. Sometimes I feel we're just going around in circles, inventing blindness-specific solutions to problems where other solutions already exist. Plus, using Finereader means I don't have to rely on someone else to create templates for me.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.