Shelly Palmer Radio Report – October 15, 2012

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One of the most inspiring uses of technology is giving people the ability to do things they couldn’t do otherwise. One such example is how the blind community has benefitted from several new gadgets and apps over the course of the past few months. An app called Braille Touch was developed earlier this year, which redefines the touchscreen keyboard into a system similar to guitar chords, allowing visually-impaired people to text up to 32 words per minute. Then, in July, a smartphone for the blind was launched, featuring a voice-assisted touchscreen and a bunch of apps that help people accomplish everyday activities, like catching a bus or reading printed text. Most recently, a new app was developed that helps identify and count dollar bills, using your smartphone’s camera. The denomination and amount is then read aloud in a Siri-like voice. With so many advancements occurring in such a short period of time, it’s exciting to imagine what the future may hold.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the host of the Shelly Palmer #strategyhacker livestream and co-host of Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett. He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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