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App gives new vision to blind woman

(KTVI)– Kay Malmquist takes a pretty good picture with her camera phone.
But she’s never seen the results.

“Picture three is Vitamin D3 bottle,” says her phone app.

Malmquist lost her vision at age 19 due to Retinal Blastoma. But that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a shutterbug with her Smartphone.

“Totally blind,” says Kay Malmquist. “No light perception or anything like that.”

She uses her iPhoneand an app called Tap Tap See. It’s one of a few apps on the market that allows for virtual sight.

“Technology is really fascinating what it’s done for blind people in enabling us to become on an equal playing field with everyone else really,” says Malmquist.

When Malmquist is making dinner, the app can come in handy. She snaps a photo and eight to ten seconds later, her iPhone’s application tells the specific attributes of the object.

“It’s nice because I don’t have to wait for somebody to show up and explain what is this thing, you now,” says Malmquist.

Whether it’s a can of cola or something from the medicine cabinet, Malmquist says her app has saved the day.

“For some weird reason I’ve decided to check it with Tap Tap See to see what it was,” recalls Malmquist. “It was at that point that I discovered it was perma bond metal glue. Not nose spray. No. That would have been really bad. I thought, ‘Wow I’m kind of glad I checked that out.'”

Malmquist was fortunate she found the app, especially when she orders take out, because now she knows her fortune.

TapTapSeeApp.com

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