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Vision-Impaired accessibility features to be on more Amazon Kindle Fire devices

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon announced that they will be adding “Voice Guide,” and “Explore by Touch” to their Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD 7” models early next year. The two accessibility features for the visually impaired and the learning disabled are already available on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” model.

In addition to the newly added features supported on the Kindle Fire devices, Amazon has already incorporated text-to-speech and font size and color adjustments. However, with the new features, it will make it easier for visually-challenged people to navigate menus. It will also help them to enjoy books, audiobooks, and music.

Voice Guide utilizes technology created by IVONA, which is a text-to-speech software engine company. The menus, books, and text-to-speech will be read aloud by IVONA on the Kindle Fire tablets. When Voice Guide is used, any action that the user does is read aloud. If a book is opened from the library, the Voice Guide will announce that the material has been opened along with the title of the book.

Explore by Touch is a feature that will let the user swipe their finger across the touchscreen, and as they travel across the item the tablet will announce what has been tapped, such as what book was highlighted. Then with a second tap, the user would complete the action, such as opening the book to read.

Amazon has also made available a free Kindle-for-PC reading application with an Accesibility Plugin so customers can have their books read on their personal computer.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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