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TMCNet:  KAPSYS to Cause a Stir With its Smartphones Targeting Seniors and People With Low Vision

[February 21, 2013]

KAPSYS to Cause a Stir With its Smartphones Targeting Seniors and People With Low Vision

MOUGINS, France, Feb 21, 2013 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) -- MOUGINS, France, February 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on Android, SmartConnect by KAPSYS is the first smartphone with touchscreen and keypad designed for seniors. SmartVision by KAPSYS is the world's first smartphone adapted to low vision.

KAPSYS, the specialist in mobility and wireless communication devices for seniors and visually impaired people launches at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Spain) two smartphones specifically created for people with specific needs.

Designed to be easy to learn and to use, SmartConnect by KAPSYS delivers the power of a state-of-the-art Android smartphone through a user-interface combining a 3.5" touchscreen, a keypad and an advanced voice interface. Particularly suited to senior technology enthusiasts, SmartConnect by KAPSYS offers a rich and user-friendly smartphone experience through a set of simple, easy-to-read list menus, featuring large icons and backed-up, when needed, by a voice assistance mode with voice recognition and text-to-speech. For its users to always feel comfortable and safe, SmartConnect by KAPSYS supports a web-based assistance mode enabling any authorized person to remotely (re)configure the smartphone and an emergency call button with address send function.

The French start-up is also announcing the world's first smartphone dedicated to people with vision problems. Designed for optimal accessibility, SmartVision by KAPSYS features an easy-to-use hybrid user-interface so it can be controlled via its touchscreen, the integrated keypad or through an impressive voice interface that reacts to natural language. SmartVision by KAPSYS also offers a set of simple accessibility gestures to easily control its main functions.

But the innovation does not stop here. On top of the standard features of an Android phone, SmartVision by KAPSYS embeds multiple applications aimed at assisting people with low or impaired vision in everyday life: video magnifier with sliding optics, optical character and color recognition, object identification using NFC tags, etc. SmartVision by KAPSYS also supports wireless video transmission to a TV set using the new Miracast(TM) technology. User can therefore enjoy a live magnified projection of the views displayed on the smartphone. With such a sophisticated feature set, SmartVision by KAPSYS is a great all-in-one pocket-sized solution which will easily replace the numerous devices generally needed by people with low vision.

Aram Hekimian, CEO of KAPSYS, explains: "Smartphones occupy a growing place in our lives. They are incredible tools to keep in touch with our environment, stay informed and get assistance or entertainment through the wide variety of applications available. With SmartConnect by KAPSYS, we've taken up the challenge of delivering a new smartphone experience to seniors through a totally redesigned interface. With SmartVision by KAPSYS, people with low vision will enjoy a powerful smartphone with unique features specifically designed to make their everyday lives easier and more comfortable." With this new product line, packed with innovative technological content, KAPSYS intends to demonstrate once again its ability to design and deliver sophisticated digital devices that are accessible to, useful for and enjoyable by all.

The company will demonstrate its SmartConnect and SmartVision by KAPSYS smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 25 to 28 February 2013 (French Pavilion Block 5i100 Stand 45).

About KAPSYS Created in 2007 in Mougins, within the Sophia Antipolis Technology Valley, by Aram Hekimian, an entrepreneur specialising in telecommunication technologies and a former co-founder of Wavecom, KAPSYS is a French company, expert in voice technology, that designs and sells digital mobility and communication devices for seniors and visually impaired people. Created to ease the daily life of their users, KAPSYS products offer innovative features, accessible by all through simple and user-friendly interfaces. More info at http://www.kapsys.com KAPSYS, 790, avenue du Docteur Maurice Donat, 06250 Mougins - France, Tel: +33(0)492-288-888, contact@kapsys.com Press contact: Claire Spanghero - Hima 360 - +33-6-19-87-26-63 - cspanghero@hima360.com

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