This article is by Lauren Tappan:
Being a visually impaired AT user, I am always looking for new ways to read with a digital device. I have spent a great deal of time looking at different At devices to see what will work best for me.
I am now using a PC with Zoom Text, a stand alone CCTV and the Clear Reader Plus. The problem is that none of this equipment is portable. I have been looking for a portable AT device that will allow me to read while on the road.
Recently I purchased an I-Pad Pro at our local Verizon Store. This I-Pad Pro has a 12 inch screen and I was able to download the KNFB Reader app. I have not found the imbedded accessibility features in the I-Pad very useful but after installing the KNFB Reader app it changes the whole story. Once the app was installed, I was able to take a photo of text and have it read to me immediately. I have only had this device for a few days but I can now take pictures,and read text with it so far. There are many other features I am looking forward to exploring. As an example, I have downloaded the Bard app which hopefully will allow me to download books from the NC Library for the Blind and read these books on my I-Pad while traveling.
My hope is that I can take this device to an airport / take a picture of a gate sign and then expand the photo enough to read the Gate and direction that it points me to. In this way, I might be able to travel solo without assistance from airport staff. Tune in, I will let you know if this works.
Costs vary. I got my I-Pad Pro on Store wide promotion for $930 which
included the case. the KNFB reader app had a reduced price of $74.00.
I am not sure about costs for training. I think it is free to customers.
I am not sure/ how it will end up with this AT Class? Will let you know.
Check out the I-Pad Pro and KNFB Reader. You can see a demonstration from NFB members who have endorsed this app for people like us.
For more info: http://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/