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Suggestions on how to scan the labels

In order to scan a label, you need to be in the “detecting” view. Then you have to point your device camera towards the label. AudioLabels only uses your rear camera (i.e., the camera on the other side of the screen). We suggest to put the camera right above the label (let them touch) and then to lift the camera to a distance of about 1 span. If you cannot find the label with your fingertips (e.g., when the bar code is printed on a can) keep the camera at about 1 span of distance and then move the object in front of it. Alternatively, move the camera over the object at about 1 span of distance. Since the camera needs to focus (and this takes a while), do not move too fast. Also, there are some light conditions that affect the recognition: (a) there should be some light and (b) there should not be reflection, so avoid to use direct light on the label (this is the reason why AudioLabels does not use the flash). Hence, if AudioLabels does not recognize a label, check the light conditions (e.g. you can use a light probe like LightDetector).

In order to scan a label, you need to be in the “detecting” view. Then you have to point your device camera towards the label. AudioLabels only uses your rear camera (i.e., the camera on the other side of the screen). We suggest to put the camera right above the label (let them touch) and then to lift the camera to a distance of about 1 span. If you cannot find the label with your fingertips (e.g., when the bar code is printed on a can) keep the camera at about 1 span of distance and then move the object in front of it. Alternatively, move the camera over the object at about 1 span of distance. Since the camera needs to focus (and this takes a while), do not move too fast. Also, there are some light conditions that affect the recognition: (a) there should be some light and (b) there should not be reflection, so avoid to use direct light on the label (this is the reason why AudioLabels does not use the flash). Hence, if AudioLabels does not recognize a label, check the light conditions (e.g. you can use a light probe like LightDetector).

Add a text description

You can add a text description to each bar code or QR code label. After recognizing the label, double tap to show details. Choose “Add text description”. You can enter a title and other information. Please note that the title is mandatory.

Add an audio label

You can add an audio label to each bar code or QR code label. After recognizing the label, double tap to show details. Choose “Add audio description”. You can start recording after a vibration effect. You can stop recording either by double tapping on the touchscreen or by keeping silence for 2 seconds. The audio label recorded will be played back every time the bar code or QR code associated is recognized. Whenever you wish, you can change or delete the audio label by choosing “Change audio label” or “Delete audio label”.

How to share or hide a text description

You can make available a text description of a bar code or a QR code to all the community of AudioLabels users. In the “Label info” view, double tap on the text description you wish to share. Double tap on the “Share” button. Your text description will be available for all AudioLabels users. So, every time an AudioLabel users recognizes the bar code or the QR code you described and shared, your text description will be read to the user. Whenever you want to make your shared description unavailable to all AudioLabels users, you can choose the button “Hide”.

How to open the menu

You can access the menu from the “detecting” view. Tap on the centre of the view and then swipe up with one finger.

How can I obtain custom labels

From the menu, select the “get custom labels by email” button. You will be asked for your email address. This is the address where a PDF with the labels will be sent. If you prefer, you can also download the file directly from the web (without using email) from the “Request new labels” link.

Some ideas to use AudioLabels

Use AudioLabels in your kitchen, to recognise cans, boxes, etc. Most of them already have a barcode printed, so you do not need to stamp a custom label. Also, remember that if you buy different cans of the same product, the barcode will be the same, so you just need to record the description once. For example, if you buy a can of peas and you record “peas”, the next time you buy the same product (from the same brand and same size), you will not need to re-enter the description

Use AudioLabels on your clothes. You can add a label to recognize a piece of clothing that cannot be distinguished easily by touch. You can also record on the cloth label information about the color, how to wash it and with which clothes it fits well.

Use AudioLabels to recognize your paper documents (e.g. receipts, bills, etc.). You can add a label only with the title of the document or with the speech recording of the document content. Note that the maximum size of the audio recording is 15 seconds.

Use AudioLabels to label your DVDs. You can add an audio description to the barcode, when available on the DVD. When a barcode is not available (for example on DVDs with your files) you can put a custom label on your DVD.

Share your experience

AudioLabels can be used for many more purposes than those presented. We are pleased to receive your experience and suggestions. We’ll share it with other users on our website. You can contact us at: accessibility@ew-tech.it.

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