App Enables Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals to Identify U.S. Currency Notes with Android Smartphone

Apps4Android updates IDEAL Currency Identifier to read notes faster and recognize new $100 note

Published: Monday, Sep. 8, 2014 – 5:42 am

HILLIARD, Ohio, Sept. 8, 2014 — /PRNewswire/ – Apps4Android today announced the release of an updated version of their no-cost-to-the-user, U.S. currency note identification app called “IDEAL Currency Identifier (ICI).”

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The new features of ICI V2.0 are:

  • Identifies note more quickly; and,
  • Recognizes the redesigned $100 note.

The app continues to:

  • Identify the following notes:
    • $1 notes (1963 – present);
    • $2 notes (1976 – present);
    • $5 notes (1993 – present); and,
    • $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes (1990 – present).
  • Work without an Internet connection.

Steve Jacobs, CEO of Apps4Android stated, “We are pleased to be able to time the release of our updated IDEAL Currency Identifier app with the pilot launch of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s [BEP's] U.S. Currency Reader Program.”

Dawn Haley, Senior Advisor to the BEP’s Director added, “We are pleased that the new version of the IDEAL Currency Identifier now recognizes all U.S. currency in circulation – including the redesigned $100 note released last year.  Mobile apps are another way we can provide all segments of the population with meaningful access to currency.”

Wireless RERC App Factory Director Jim Mueller said, “We’re glad to have been a part of this effort to make currency more accessible and to make mobile wireless technologies more useful for people of all ages and abilities.”

About the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)

The mission of the BEP is to develop and produce United States currency notes, trusted worldwide. More:

About the Wireless RERC

The Wireless RERC is a recognized leader on issues and solutions related to the accessibility and usability of mobile wireless products and services by people with disabilities. It operates through funding by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a component of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). More:

About Apps4Android, Inc.

Established in January, 2009, Apps4Android is the world’s largest developer of Android accessibility apps with 13+ million installations in 213 countries. More:

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