kReader Mobile software named First Place winner in Nokia’s Technology Showcase contest

March 19, 2009

PRESS RELEASE | The kReader Mobile from knfb Reading Technology has been named First Place winner in the Technology Showcase category in Nokia’s global Calling All Innovators contest for “mobile applications and solutions to help improve the quality of life on the planet.”

knfb Reading Technology’s multi-language text-to-speech application, with cross-language translation capabilities, uses Nokia camera phones to digitize any book, letter, receipt or other printed document and translate the captured text into audio that is “read” back to the vision- impaired and those with reading difficulties.

Selected from among nearly 1,000 developers, the winners were honored at the Forum Nokia Calling All Innovators Award Ceremony during the annual GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Technology Showcase competition focused on applications that create a “compelling end-user experience for individuals or communities, using Flash Lite, Java, Python, open source or other technologies supported by Nokia Series 40 or S60 devices.”

“We have been very gratified to be able to help thousands of blind and reading-impaired individuals to read the print in the world around them from their cell phone, and we are excited by this recognition from Nokia,” said Ray Kurzweil, CEO of knfb Reading Technology, Inc.