Traditionally, many companies haven’t done a whole lot to try and help visually impaired consumers use their electronics but Amazon is one of the exceptions. They originally started by incorporating text-to-speech into the original Kindle e-reader and now they’ve informed us all that they will be bringing Voice Guide and Explore By Touch to the original Kindle Fire and the 7″ Kindle Fire HD.
An improvement on text-to-speech, Voice Guide reads aloud any action performed by users such as the name of an app or title of a movie. Explore By Touch allows the user to simply swipe over the screen and get the names read to them and then you can tap it to actually perform the action. While these new features are great, users are going to have a bit of a wait as the update isn’t slated for release until early next year. Nonetheless, Amazon deserves a hearty round of applause for helping the visually impaired to better use their devices.