A Smartphone for blind or visually impaired people.
Smartphones, which are now fully tactile, may prove difficult to use for visually impaired people, of which there are 200,000 in France. Our Claria Vox solution eliminates this tactile barrier by combining a redesigned vocal interface with a physical keyboard that makes it easy for visually impaired people to use their cell phones.
Thibault Péant, Co-founder and Sales Manager for Claria
The Claria innovation
Visually impaired or blind people find it very difficult to use tactile screens on smartphones. In 2011, the creators of Claria came up with the idea of attaching a silicone shell to the screen to recreate a keypad and give the device some physical markers. In combination with a vocal interface featuring dropdown menus, this solution is operated intuitively. It takes just a few hours to learn how to communicate, amuse oneself and take advantage of the full range of smartphone technology. A total of 30 applications are already available that meet almost all your daily needs in terms of telephone, e-mail, calendar, GPS, visual aids, multimedia, etc.
Claria's challenge is to improve visibility
After being in the market for only two years, the Claria Vox solution has already won over the experts. The product was first launched on the market in 2013 and is distributed by several organizations, such as Handicapzéro and special equipment dealers.
These specialized distribution channels reach a relatively restricted market. In order to expose the product to the full range of potential users, the young start-up was looking for a partner with a well-developed sales network that could open up a completely different outlook for the company.
By offering Claria Vox to its customers, Orange is making the digital world even more accessible and is confirming its commitment to improve access to the digital world for all. Claria Vox is a complete, innovative and attractive solution enabling blind and visually impaired people to use tactile smartphones.
François-René Germain, Group Accessibility Director for Orange
By offering Claria Vox to its customers, Orange is making the digital world even more accessible and is confirming its commitment to improve access to the digital world for all. Claria Vox is a complete, innovative and attractive solution enabling blind and visuaClaria Vox has been incorporated into Orange services since February 5, 2015, and is available in the 285 Orange stores that have the accessibility label. Visually impaired or blind people can purchase an Android smartphone from Orange and then send it to Claria or one of its retailers who will then install the Claria Vox software. ly impaired people to use tactile smartphones.
Outlook: The international arena
Claria has recently appeared in the main European countries (including France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Italy), and is therefore establishing a presence in external markets. The partnership with Orange will allow Claria to enter a new phase, which should significantly accelerate its development in France and abroad. Orange's distribution network abroad is a powerful lever that will help the company move into new markets.
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