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'Helper Phone' for Visually Handicapped People

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January 18, 2005

January 19, 2005 Korea's SK Telecom has announced the launch of the 'Helper Phone', the first mobile phone developed exclusively for visually handicapped people. The phone is designed to help the world's 50 million blind people conveniently use their mobile phone through a voice enabled cellular function guide. The 'Helper Phone' is Samsung Electronics' SCH-E580 model. It offers special voice guidance to customers through the voice helper mode on the handset.

'Helper Phone' is By pressing number '5' on the cellular screen a little bit longer than the regular pressing time, a voice helper mode will be automatically activated for visually handicapped customer convenience. SK Telecom, Samsung Electronics, the Korea Blind Union and Intro Mobile are combining in Korea to further develop the 'Helper Phone' for Korea's 280,000 visually handicapped people. http://www.sktelecom.com/

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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