Smartphone Companion for the Blind
Blind people can now access digital information better than ever thanks to smartphone and its built-in accessibility features. But it’s still a bit difficult, slow and clumsy using it with finger gestures.
Rivo was originally designed to assist people who are blind or visually impaired to use smartphones easily, quickly and precisely. Together with Mobience, the developer of the original Rivo, Braillist has successfully designed and developed Rivo 2 as an ideal and indispensable accessory to assist them even more just like everyone’s everyday experience with the smartphone.
Now Rivo 2 controls iPhone with extensive VoiceOver commands, supports typing and editing text, delivers every sound from iPhone to its speaker and earphone jack, delivers user voice captured from its microphone to iPhone for Siri and phone calls, and more. Currently, it works with iPhone but will also support Android as well through firmware updates.
|Navigation||About 20 commands, including Force Touch and Search, have been added to support a total of about 50 VoiceOver navigation commands.|
|Sound||All the sounds including VoiceOver can be played back through built-in speaker or earphone jack and can be switched between iPhone and Rivo.|
|Text typing & editing||Rivo supports typing of 27 languages at iPhone with one or two set active at a time. You can also edit the text by moving the cursor, making a selection, performing operations like cut, copy, paste, undo and redo, etc.|
|Phone||When there’s an incoming call, Rivo vibrates or plays the phone ringtone, and you can receive the call with Rivo. During a phone call, you can receive a second incoming call and switch between the calls. You can also dial a phone number directly with Rivo.|
|Touch-tones||DTMF touch-tones are supported for interactive voice response systems such as telebanking, voicemail, etc.|
|Siri||You can activate Siri with Rivo and use it using the built-in microphone and speaker.|
|Audio remote||Rivo can be used like an audio remote.|
|One-handed mode||Rivo supports one-handed mode so that people can use it comfortably with one hand while on the move as well as two-handed mode to use it efficiently with both hands.|
|Device connection||Up to six devices can be stored and connected instantly with Rivo.|
|Battery||The battery level can be checked, and if only the keyboard is used, you may use it more than two weeks after charging about 3 hours.|
|Update||Firmware update is supported.|
Combining a universal keyboard interface and a unique braille typing interface, Braillist is developing the first ever compact braille dictionary device to help the blind learn and read braille conveniently anytime and anywhere, thereby decreasing the ridiculous worldwide illiteracy rate of over 90% of the blind.