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iPhone App for Reading Currency Denominations

April 21, 2011

An iPhone app that recognizes US currency denominations and announces the results on the iPhone speaker. Yes this is the latest from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and is aimed at helping the visually impaired better recognize note denominations. Euros and notes from many countries have differing sizes making it easier to differentiate the denominations. The US has been under pressure to find ways to differentiate it’s notes and are seeking ways to solve it.

While the app isn’t the end-all, it’s interesting to see how technology can be employed to solve a problem such as reading notes printed all the way back to 1996. If you have an iPhone or iPAD its a fun and free way to experiment with the technology. Give it a shot, it’s available in the Apple App Store. Read the BEP press release here

~Bob Walters

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