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Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2011: 9. The LookTel Money Reader

We're continuing our look at the top stories of 2011. Our panel of Blind Bargains and Serotek contributors each independently submitted their votes for the top stories of the year. This year's panel included Joe Steinkamp, Jamie Pauls, Kevin Reeves, Matt McCubbin, and J.J. Meddaugh. Here are our earlier stories in case you missed them. We're counting down the top stories of the year over the next week, and will announce the number one live on Serospectives next thursday. Number 9 involves one of the most influencial apps of the year.

In 2009, the first ever story on our first year-end look back involved the iBill. At the time, we wrote, "While the ability to accurately identify money is nothing new, the price point is certainly attention-grabbing at under $100.." Well, if under $100 turned some eyebrows, under $2 took things to another level.

Earlier this year, Ipplex introduced the LookTel money identification app for iOS devices. For iPhone and other Apple device owners, it represented another melding of mainstream and assistive technology, as the app eliminated the need to carry around a one-task device for a single job. LookTel represents the early stages of a trend of mainstream devices performing tasks formerly relegated to dedicated devices. Apps to read BookShare titles and a promised way to read NLS books are further examples of this trend, which will surely continue into 2012. For breaking down another price barrier in accessibility, LookTel earns the number 9 stop in this year's countdown.

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miahtech Friday, 30-Dec-2011 1:42 PM ET:

I definitely agree with this story being in the list. However, I think it should be mentioned that the price later was raised to $10.

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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.

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