Samsung Galaxy Core Advance Helps Special Needs, Blind, Vision Needs & People with Disabilities

Samsung announced special usability products that help people with disabilities or vision imperfections using the Galaxy Core Advance smartphone. New accessories are NFC tags, a case that senses people/obstacles and a stand for reading books out loud.The Galaxy Core Advance is somewhat like a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone it has a 4.7" but offers dedicated keys for  voice recorder, camera, volume, menu, home and power functions . It has  Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with GLONASS for improved location accuracy and NFC with S Beam so users can easily share videos, contact information and photos.GalaxyCoreAdvance

The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance went on sale in Korea in February.  When it was originally announced it was expected to come with an LTE version.

The devices were designed to help seeing functionality:

  • The Optical Scan automatically recognizes text from an image and reads it aloud to the user
  • Light Sensing technology that uses the device’s camera to sense light direction and brightness, and
  • Instant Voice Recorder that offers simplified access to make quick voice notes.
  • Screen Curtain that enables users to operate commands on a black screen to ensure privacy and saves battery life,
  •  TTS (Text-to-Speech) functionalities and Voice Guided Camera functions to help users take pictures by reading out the number of faces detected and their standing location.

New accessories for the smartphone are:

 • The Ultrasonic Cover detects obstacles then sends an alert through a vibration or TTS feedback. The cover can sense a person or object that is two feet away
 • The NFC Voice Label helps distinguish objects by allowing them to make notes and tag voice labels easily   on-the-go. It can also be used to explain what the device is.
We have not been able to find the Samsung Galaxy Core Advance  retailer in the United States.  For those who know where the disability community may buy one, please let us know in the comments below.