New technology, jointly developed by the National Federation of the Blind and Kurzweil Technologies, enables people with visual impairments to use a cell phone to read printed materials, including menus, currency and receipts. The text-to-speech software is a big plus, according to this review, but the nearly $1,600 cost of the software and its inability to read handwritten text, street signs, vending machine buttons and scrolling text may turn off some potential users.

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