Following the success of the first-ever entirely voice-driven GPS navigators, developed by Kapsys of France, the company is releasing a smartphone-based navigation solution specifically intended for the visually impaired. Through this application, Kapsys intends to strengthen its leading position in the voice-driven navigation market. Kapsys will present Kapten for Smartphone and Kapten Mobility Suite at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), in Barcelona (Spain), in mid-February 2011.
Aram Hékimian, the chairman and founder of Kapsys, says, in relation to the release of Kapten for Smartphone and Kapten Mobility Suite: “Kapten for Smartphone marks a new step in the growth of Kapsys. Through this navigation application with high added value for people suffering visual impairment, Kapsys will consolidate its leadership on the mobility aids market based on fully voice-activated navigation. Now available on GPS smartphones, Kapten technology, which is supplied as an application, should help a large number of people improve their day-to-day mobility, using a solution that fits in their pocket.”
On the strength of the success experienced by Kapten and Kapten Plus — the first-ever entirely voice-driven GPS navigators — Kapsys is now releasing Kapten for Smartphone and Kapten Mobility Suite, which will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress trade show (MWC), in Barcelona (Spain), to be held between 14 and 17 February 2011.
In order to guarantee accessibility, Kapsys has embedded the latest in voice-recognition and speech-synthesis technologies into its application, making it possible for users to control the application exclusively by vocal commands. The aim, here, is to achieve total and user-friendly access for visually impaired users.
Kapten for Smartphone is the first-ever comprehensive mobility support solution, available on GPS-equipped smartphones. It provides valuable assistance to people who have a visual impairment, helping them to get their bearings and to travel more easily.
Fully embedded and thus bypassing paid-networks access, the application features integrated localisation and voice-driven navigation services for pedestrians, which can be accessed at any time.
Kapten for Smartphone includes a range of functionalities that are easy to set up, and fully adapted to the user’s daily travel requirements. Firstly, a smart voice-driven navigation tool is on offer (pedestrian navigation, with or without public transport, road-book function, etc.). Secondly, Kapten for Smartphone comes with the ‘free navigation’ option, which helps users get a real-time description of what is around them. Thirdly, a city-map discovery mode is available.
Kapten for Smartphone also includes a premium points-of-interest database, containing thousands of pre-recorded addresses such as chemists’, police stations, hospitals, restaurants, and so on.
Kapten Mobility Suite contains the full range of Kapten for Smartphone applications, together with a digital book reader supporting the DAISY standard. The digital book comes complete with a screen-reader application that gives a full vocal description of the user interface.
Kapten Mobility Suite thus enables telecommunications operators to provide packaged solutions intended for the visually impaired and the blind, which are tailored to their needs. The Kapsys solution is both highly featured (as a mobile phone incorporating an integrated navigation solution) and fully accessible to the visually impaired (thanks to its speech-synthesis and voice-recognition capabilities).
Kapten for Smartphone and Kapten Mobility Suite will be released under Windows Mobile from the second quarter of 2011; from the fourth quarter of 2011, both tools will also be available in an Android version.
Kapsys is a high-technology company based in Mougins, in the Sophia Antipolis science park and enterprise zone, which is located outside Nice (in south-eastern France).
Kapsys will unveil its innovative, flagship solutions — Kapten for Smartphone and Kapten Mobility Suite — at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). The trade show takes place from 14 to 17 February 2011 in Barcelona (Spain).
In 2011, Kapsys will also take part in CSUN, in San Diego (USA), from 15 to 19 March, and in Sight City, in Frankfurt (Germany), from 4 to 6 May.
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