[Nfbnet-members-list] KNFB Reader Integrated with Dropbox, Available for Android

Kuhnke, Kristian KKuhnke at nfb.org
Fri Nov 20 20:48:21 UTC 2015



John G. Paré, Jr.

Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy

National Federation of the Blind

410-659-9314, ext. 2218

410-917-1965 (Cell)

<mailto:jpare at nfb.org>jpare at nfb.org

KNFB Reader Integrated with Dropbox, Available for Android

Baltimore, Maryland (November 20, 2015): The 
<https://nfb.org>National Federation of the Blind 
(NFB), in conjunction with Sensotec NV, is 
pleased to announce that the KNFB Reader is now 
available for Android devices. Released for iOS 
in 2014, the KNFB Reader app uses optical 
character recognition (OCR) technology to take a 
picture of printed text using the built-in 
cameras available on smart phones and tablets and 
convert it into speech. Now, in response to 
popular demand, we are proud to bring the reader to the Android platform.

In addition to the Android version of the app, we 
have added new features to the iOS app. One of 
the most exciting of these is integration with 
the popular file storage, sharing, and 
collaboration platform, Dropbox. Now, when users 
scan a document with the KNFB Reader, it can be 
instantly saved in a Dropbox folder tied to the 
user’s account. Users can even retrieve documents 
from Dropbox after they are deleted from their 
smart phone or other device. Other features 
include “stand scan mode,” which is used to scan 
large numbers of pages, and the ability for 
Android users to try the app before buying.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National 
Federation of the Blind, said: “The KNFB Reader 
is already a worldwide success for its 
outstanding optical character recognition 
technology. We are now striving to make the app 
more functional and useful in everyday life 
across multiple platforms and devices. We are 
proud that this life-changing app is now 
available to users of Android devices, and we 
believe that integration with Dropbox will make 
the app dramatically more useful by allowing for 
the easy storage and retrieval of scanned 
documents without taking up valuable space on 
users’ phones. We will continue working to make 
the KNFB Reader an indispensable app for blind 
people and others who cannot read print the world over.”

Arden Hoffman, Dropbox’s global head of HR, 
added: "At Dropbox we've been working to raise 
awareness of accessibility in everything we do, 
from how we recruit to how we make products, with 
the goal of building global technology that's 
usable by all people. We're thrilled to integrate 
with the KNFB Reader, an app that utilizes the 
best in accessibility tech, to take the next step towards this goal."


About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that 
blindness is not the characteristic that defines 
you or your future. Every day we raise the 
expectations of blind people, because low 
expectations create obstacles between blind 
people and our dreams. You can live the life you 
want; blindness is not what holds you back.

About Dropbox

Dropbox's mission is to simplify the way people 
work together. With 400 million users, we're 
building the world's simplest, most powerful 
collaboration platform. For more information, 
please visit <https://www.dropbox.com/press>https://www.dropbox.com/press

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