21 April 2021
Samsung has announced three new Bixby Vision accessibility features aimed at visually impaired users. These new features are Quick Reader, Scene Describer, and Color Detector. It revealed the new features to mark the Global Accessibility Awareness Day which is celebrated on the third Thursday of May every year.
Starting with Quick Reader, it is a feature that will make Bixby read out the written text. The good thing is that it works in real-time and a user neither has to wait nor has to go through additional steps. The only steps involved are triggering Bixby using the physical button and say, "Bixby Vision Quick Reader" followed by pointing the phone's camera on the text. It supports a total of 57 languages and is capable of identifying over 1,000 common objects and items.
Scene Describer is a feature that works exactly the way its name suggests. It is capable of detecting and describing the scene to the user. It can be used by pointing the phone camera at a scene around the user but it can also be used with existing photos from the gallery including the downloaded ones. The feature can be accessed by saying, "Bixby Vision Scene Descrier" after triggering the assistant.
Lastly, Color Detector is meant to help users recognize colors and differentiate between multiple colors visible in a single frame. It is accessible via the Bixby Vision app whee the user needs to choose the Color Detector option from the dial. It will then scan for objects in the camera viewfinder and speak the color(s) name out loud.
It is reported that all three of these new Bixby Vision features are available with Bixby Vision version 3.5 or higher. Do ensure that you are running the right version of the app before you go looking for these new functionalities.