NantWorks and IPPLEX have released their revolutionary LookTel Money Reader, app for Mac computers on the Apple Mac App Store. The cutting-edge iPhone application that has helped thousands of users with visual impairments or blindness identify and count bills is now available for Mac OS computers. By simply holding a bill in front of your Mac’s camera, the application recognizes and speaks the denomination in real-time. LookTel Money Reader for Mac supports several international currencies including the Euro, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, and Australian Dollar. The app also features VoiceOver integration with support for several languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Polish, Russian, Korean, Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Japanese and more. If your Mac’s language setting is set to any of the supported languages, LookTel Money Reader will speak the denomination of a recognized bill in that language, regardless of the currency type.
Powered by LookTel’s patented and proprietary object recognition technology, the application can seamlessly recognize any bill denomination without the need to take a photo as recognition happens in real-time.
LookTel Money Reader for Mac is the first currency identifier available for Apple computers. The app is great for users to count and organize their bills in the comfort of their home, or users who do not own an iPhone. LookTel Money Reader for Mac also gives users the option to use the app on their preferred platform.
LookTel Money Reader for iPhone launched in March to overwhelming praise from critics and users alike, earning a 5-star review average and a featured spot in the Apple App Store’s “What’s Hot” Category. LookTel has also been featured by the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Tech Crunch, Engadget, and several other major publications. LookTel has also been selected as the winner of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility. The award, which recognizes outstanding efforts to advance communications accessibility for people with disabilities, was awarded in Washington D.C. on October 28th 2011.
Future LookTel apps will further leverage IPPLEX’s groundbreaking augmented reality technology, allowing users to recognize other everyday objects such as packaged goods, CDs, medication bottles, and even landmarks. The technology also combines precision image recognition technology with text reader capabilities using full featured Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
The LookTel technology powering the application was developed by IPPLEX under sponsorship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was awarded two research grants from the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institute of Aging (NIA).
IPPLEX researches and develops pioneering cross-platform applications and services focused on interactive communication – between people and the information, contacts and places they need to access through their mobile phone or PC. Our award-winning iVisit mobile video conferencing solutions have made business simpler and easier – and our iVisit Mx telemedicine solutions are the next step in mobile medical technology. In 2010, we launched LookTel, an exciting augmented reality application created to positively impact the lives of the visually impaired, and a 1st place winner in the 2010 CTIA E-Tech Awards. From live audio/video conferencing solutions to mobile healthcare to augmented reality applications, IPPLEX is always one step ahead of the curve. For more information, see http://www.ipplex.com.
NantWorks LLC is a company founded and led by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. Its mission is to converge semiconductor technology, supercomputing, advanced networks and augmented intelligence to transform how we work, play and live. Early applications will be in the fields including scientific research and healthcare. For more information, see http://www.nantworks.com.