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South Korean Tech Giant Samsung Launches Solutions for Deaf-blind, Visually Impaired

NAB will use the solution in classrooms where students with low vision using these devices will be able to see better, helping them improve their learning abilities, Samsung said

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

South Korean tech giant Samsung on Monday introduced two new solutions — Good Vibes and Relumino – that will provide the deaf-blind a strong communication tool and enable people with low vision to see better.

Developed in India, Good Vibes enables people who cannot see and talk to have a two-way communication with their caregivers and loved ones using their smartphones.

“We are happy we were able to develop technologies such as Good Vibes and Relumino that will help improve quality of life of the deafblind and people with low vision, allowing them to become more aware of the world around them and better integrated with society,” said Peter Rhee, Corporate Vice President, Samsung India.

The Good Vibes app uses Morse code to convert vibrations into text or voice and vice-versa. The app has two different user interfaces (UI).

One interface has an invisible UI for the deaf-blind, which uses vibrations, taps and gestures, while the other has a visible UI, a standard chat interface, for the caregiver.

With the deaf-blind interface, a person uses a combination of dots and dashes to send their messages.

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Samsung to come up with many new inventions as well. Wikimedia Commons

The standard interface allows users to type or use voice to send messages to the deaf-blind. The text or voice is received as vibrations in Morse code that the deafblind can interpret.

Good Vibes app can be downloaded from Samsung Galaxy Store and will be made available on Google Play Store for all other Android smartphone users soon, Samsung said, adding that it has partnered with the not-for-profit organisation Sense India to take the Good Vibes app to the deaf-blind across the country.

Relumino is a visual aid application for people with low vision. It enables them to see images clearer by magnifying and minimising images, highlighting the image outline, adjusting colour contrast and brightness, and reversing colour.

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For Relumino, Samsung has partnered with the National Association for the Blind (NAB) Delhi. It will provide Samsung Gear VR and Galaxy Note9 smartphones to NAB Delhi, and will also provide training on how to use them.

NAB will use the solution in classrooms where students with low vision using these devices will be able to see better, helping them improve their learning abilities, Samsung said. (IANS)

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Samsung Tops Market For OLED Display Mart In Q2

Samsung Electronics kept top spot in the market for smartphone organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019

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Samsung to come up with many new inventions as well. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung Electronics kept top spot in the market for smartphone organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019, according to data on Sunday, although its share declined year-on-year amid the rise of Chinese rivals.

The South Korean tech giant had 82 per cent of the world market for smartphone OLED displays in April-June in terms of revenue at $3.15 billion, down 13 percentage points from a year earlier, according to the data compiled by industry tracker IHS Markit.

However, it is down from 98 per cent, posted in the second quarter of 2017, Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday.

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Galaxy S10 is the only smartphone that has a hole in OLED display itself. Pixabay

China’s BOE, on the other hand, grabbed 12 per cent of the market in April-June. Its market share crossed 10 per cent for the first time.

“Chinese rivals have been expanding their presence in the OLED display segment for mobile devices,” an industry watcher said and added Samsung would continue to face uncertainties despite strong dominance in the area.

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The market share of BOE reached 4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018 and jumped to 9 per cent in January-March, according to the data.

Samsung Electronics, however, is still considered to have overwhelmed Chinese rivals in terms of quality.

China-based Huawei Technologies also plans to adopt Samsung displays in its upcoming smartphone. (IANS)