BT has developed a way to enable sight-impaired or blind people to use text messages.
According to the BBC, BTexact has come up with technology that allows users to send text messages to a handheld computer which reads the message out loud.
The technology translates text messaging shortcuts and, if it does not recognise a word, it will read it out phonetically.
BT said that the idea came about when a group of partially-sighted youngsters visited a BT technology project last year.
The telco worked closely with the Royal National Institute for the Blind on the project.
The system was based on a speech engine developed for computers, with the challenge for the developers to shrink it down to work on the Pocket PC platform.
It is hoped that the technology could be put inside mobile phones, and BTexact is currently looking for partners to develop the idea commercially.
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