Apps4Android Releases Talking Label Maker/Reader for Android
Open Source Talking Label Maker/Reader Uses NFC Technology to Provide Life Enhancing Applications at Significantly Lower Cost
HILLIARD, Ohio (BUSINESS WIRE) – February 14, 2012 –Apps4Android today announced the release of IDEAL Talking Tags, a talking label maker/reader application for Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled Smartphones running Android V4.0. Currently, the Galaxy Nexus Smartphone delivers this capability. Soon there will be many more Android devices that meet this requirement.
Android Market Listing:
Talking NFC tags or labels provide audible guidance for people who can not visually identify or read the labels on different objects including clothing and food containers, as well as items such as medications and dosage information. The tags are simply affixed to an object, which can thereafter be identified in the owner’s own voice using an NFC-enabled Android Smartphone.
The IDEAL Talking Tags application is being made available to users at no cost.
Steve Jacobs, President of IDEAL Group and CEO of Apps4Android stated, “We have wanted to develop a low-cost alternative to talking label systems for a long time. With the advent of Android 4.0 and increase in the popularity of NFC technology, it is now a reality.”
In addition to talking label applications, Apps4Android is also exploring the use of NFC technology to store and retrieve cloud-based personal preference settings in conjunction with Raising the Floor – International and its Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) project. This effort would eventually enable individuals to pickup any NFC-enabled device and, with the swipe of an NFC tag or ring, configure that device to meet their technology access needs simply, quickly, and securely.
Gregg Vanderheiden, Co-Director of the technology consortium Raising the Floor – International, stated, “This is a great example of what we are trying to do with the GPII Toolkit. Using free, open-source components developed under funding of the Raising the Floor Consortium, Apps4Android has created this valuable new tool for easily tagging almost anything and associating it with voice or text output from an Android device.”
According to Roger Hornstra, head of Americas Transponder Sales for Identive Group, which supplied the NFC tags used during the beta testing phases of IDEAL Talking Tags, “We’re really pleased to be involved in this innovative NFC development project, which stands to benefit many millions of people.”
Sampling of Current Talking Label Products:
- Tel-Rx Talking Prescription Recorder:
20 second recording time for recording the prescription number, date filled, the doctor’s instructions, and what the drug is used for.
$29.95 per Rx bottle (unit)
- Sherlock Talking Label Identifier:
Label Identifier: $250.00
Plastic Adhesive Labels (25 pack) $29.00
Plastic Tags: $2.40 each
- VoiLa Voiced Label Reader for the Blind: English
3-Pack of Labels: $13.95
- Talking Labels:
Prices start from: ~$95.00
NFC Projections from Industry:
- An Estimated 100 Million NFC Enabled Smartphone Units will Ship in 2012:
- 1 in 5 Smartphones will have NFC by 2014
- HTC Chief Peter Chou – 500 Million NFC Smartphones by 2015
- Juniper Research estimates that there will be 300 million NFC-Enabled Android Smartphones on the market by 2014 and 500 million on the market by 2015
Additional Resources and Information:
- Apps4Android NFC Accessibility Demonstration (YouTube Video):
- NFC Smartphones Currently Available:
- NFC Smartphones Coming Soon:
IDEAL Item Identifier:
IDEAL Item Identifier is an existing barcode reading/writing application, developed by Apps4Android, that enables users to take pictures of standard UPC and QR codes and then decodes them. In the case of UPC codes, the app speaks the name of the item being scanned. In the case of QR codes, the app performs whatever command the QR code issues to the smartphone. IDEAL Item Identifier also enables users to record a sound files and then associate the sound files with QR codes. The app then e-mails images of the QR codes to the user. The QR codes can then be cut out and placed where they are needed. When the user takes a picture of the QR codes, they play the sound files originally recorded. For more information: http://tinyurl.com/6m5jgjt
We’d like to thank Jongyeong Lee and Charles Chen from Google for trying the beta version of this app and providing constructive feedback.
Apps4Android is the world’s largest developer of open source and other “no-cost-to the user” Android accessibility applications with over 4 million installations in 136 countries. For more information: http://apps4android.org
About Raising the Floor Consortium
The Raising the Floor Consortium is a consortium of organizations and individuals working together to create a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) to lower the cost to create, deploy, market and support access technologies that can be invoked on any device anywhere. For more information see the web site of Raising the Floor – International, the organization that helps coordinate the efforts of the consortium. For more information: http://raisingthefloor.org.
About Identive Group
Identive Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE; Frankfurt: INV) is focused on building the world’s signature company in Secure ID. The company’s products, software, systems and services address the markets for identity management, physical and logical access control, NFC and a host of RFID-enabled applications for customers in the government, enterprise, consumer, education, healthcare and transportation sectors. Identive’s mission is to build a lasting business of scale and technology based on a combination of strong technology-driven organic growth and disciplined acquisitive expansion. For additional info visit: http://identive-group.com. Purchasing information for Identive’s NFC tags, labels and other products can be found at http://IdentiveNFC.com.