Project Ray: It’s a Feature Phone–No, It’s a Smartphone!

Date Posted: 02/17/2018

by Bill Holton, AccessWorld Correspondent

Here at AFB we are frequently contacted by newly blind individuals—especially seniors--or their family members, requesting information about accessible phones. We try to steer them toward an accessible smartphone, however Many shy away. Some feel incapable of learning to use the technology—they are incorrect, in our opinion—while others are hopeful they might learn to use an iPhone or Android smartphone if given enough time. However they cannot bear the thought of going weeks or months unable to make calls or read texts on a phone they don’t yet know how to operate.

Want a smartphone, but reluctant to give up your trusty flip phone? In the February issue of AccessWorld we introduce readers to a new possibility, a software solution called RAY Vision combined with optional hardware not generally available here in North America. Together they occupy the ground halfway between a feature phone and smartphone. We say halfway, but in effect it’s actually a combination of a featurephone and a smartphone you can switch back and forth between as your needs and ability change. It is being developed by an Israeli company called Project RAY, and recently it won a Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation annual Eureka Park Accessibility Contest CES® 2018award.

Project Ray also offers an extra feature not generally available in either feature or smartphones. Friends and family can offer direct help setting up any Project Ray device, add contacts, music, books and even new contacts and speed dials. And even if you don’t want to buy a new phone, you can use the Project Ray software on any current Android phone, or the model that comes discounted or even free with your new mobile service.

Want to learn more, including how you can get a free 30-day trial, read the article called Project Ray: It’s a Feature Phone--No, It’s a Smartphone! In the February issue of AccessWorld.

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