Re: another phone for the blind

Gerald Levy

I found more information about RealSAM, and it sounds like they signed a contract with the Library of Congress last year to develop the next generation Talking Book player.  They are based in Melbourne, Australia, and their US office is located in Washington, DC, presumably near the LOC.  So it sounds like the RealSAM may be a specialized smart phone that could alsobe double as a Talking Book player that would use speech commands:

awarded contract to develop for the Library of Congress

Washington DC, USA – 14 NOV 2019 Melbourne based AI developer RealSAM has been awarded a contract, up to AUS$2.9M by the Library of Congress to develop the next generation of audio book readers based in AI for people who are blind or have low vision.

The Library of Congress division – The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled provides audio books for over 400,000 Americans through its existing technology of cartridge based players and millions more via its smartphone app. This system, however, is slow and expensive to run, and the technology is reaching the end of its life.

RealSAM is leading the world with its cloud based Artificial Intelligence engine that pairs with an android phone to provide a completely voice operated solution for finding, then streaming books. From the consumer’s point of view, it’s as easy as saying “Find me books about James Bond” to get a list of 007 books that can then be streamed.

10 year old RealSAM took a leap of faith and moved its Head of Business Development, Brendan Lewis, to the USA with his family. Three months later the investment paid off with the contract win. RealSAM also exports to the UK and is now fielding interest from around the world. Around 2.3% of the population suffers from low vision and they have found major success in an area where AI is being used for good, and doing good is good business!

RealSAM is a 100% owned subsidiary of Melbourne Artificial Intelligence developer Real Thing Entertainment. RealSAM provides a friendly voice operated assistant, media player & phone – designed for people with blindness or low vision. It operates in Australia, the UK and now the USA.


On 7/30/2020 1:36 PM, Laz wrote:
I finally visited the provided link and it sounds like it's an
application, not a physical device.

I was surprised to see a few typos though and no way to actually
identify who set this site up.

As Gerald likes to say, buyer beware.

Stya well,


On 7/30/20, Gerald Levy via <bwaylimited@...> wrote:
This article is vague.  Is Real SAM a specialized smart phone for the
blind that is ready to use right out of the box?  Does it have a tactile
keypad?  Or is it an app that must be installed on a standard Samsung
touchpad smart phone?  And where do you buy it? There is no information
about purchasing Real SAM in this article.


On 7/30/2020 6:13 AM, Monte Single wrote:
Hi Olusegun,

Below is a link to another phone for the blind.

I found it first in a current item on the latest Top Tech Tidbits.

It is based on a Samsung phone.

Please have a look.

…and then express yourself.





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