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Telephone: A Special Phone

When you get right down to it, the iPhone is, well, a phone. You would expect there to be tons of apps to make calling easier -- and there are. The goal of this app, however, is to make it easier for blind or visually impaired individuals to do something most of us pretty much take for granted: make a phone call.

A Special Phone -- Adaptive Keyboard is a very long name for a deceptively simple application. The ingenious functionality of this program makes you think, "Why didn't someone think of this before?"

The application enables users to set up a list of up to six contacts that can be called by simply shaking the phone. In addition, users can record themselves saying the name of each contact and upload a photo. When you shake the phone, it announces the contact name and waits two seconds before placing the call. To call the third contact on your list, for example, shake the phone three times until the correct name is spoken.

This elegant and useful application makes it much easier for visually impaired people to place calls. It is also useful for anyone who needs to place a call without looking at the phone.

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