Japan to develop money-reading app for blind people

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Countries came up with different ideas when it comes to helping blind people read banknotes. Australia created bills that have different lengths, while Canada raised dots on banknotes. Japan wants to create a smartphone application that will help blind people tell the difference between bills.

When the smartphone will be held over the note, the application will read the denominations of bills out loud. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has said it is aiming to have the application, which recognizes Y1000,Y2000, Y5000 and Y10000 notes, by December at the latest, according to the international press.

“Our job is to make sure everyone can use banknotes because these are the fundamental infrastructure of our economy and society,” a ministry official said.

Besides this project, the Bank of Japan will issue a new Y5000 note in 2014. The bill will have a hologram in part to allow the disabled to identify the bill by touching it.

The MOF also said it is working on a portable device for the blind specifically to identify bank notes.

Japan’s application could also help one more group of visually impaired citizens.

“It would be good if you used it while paying the taxi fare when you are drunk. Sometimes you do not know whether something is a Y2000 or a Y5000 note,” said Finance Minister Taro Aso.