EyeNote Reads Money for the Blind

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Continuous recognition technology - and it talks

EyeNote is a free app that makes U.S. paper money accessible to the blind and visually impaired. Created by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Eyenote app uses the native camera on the mobile device to scan paper money and then it speaks the denomination as well as displays it in large numbers. The app can be voice activated and uses "continuous recognition" technology so that there is no need to hold the phone or tablet still or to capture a photo. It's easily used when the banknote is held in one hand and the mobile device is in the other hand. It doesn't matter what angle or which side of the bill is used. It doesn't even matter if part of the bill is covered by your hand, although at least half of the note needs to be visible.

EyeNote® app assists the blind and visually impaired denominate US currency


  • OneTouch, hand-held operation.
  • Face or back of note to camera.
  • Partial note recognition (note can be handheld).
  • Any circular orientation.
  • No equipment modification, special background materials or special lighting required.
  • Camera flash is not required.
  • No data connection required - all processing on device.
  • Currency designs from Series 1996 and forward.
  • Note can be on a complex background.
  • 2-4 second response time.
  • User selectable spoken output English or Spanish, based on device language setting.
  • Spoken mode also indicates the front or back of note to assist in vending use.
  • Simplified on screen instructions (read aloud when device is set to VoiceOver in Accessibility mode)

Eyenote is not able to authenticate a note as either real or counterfeit. Eyenote requires iOS 5.0 or later. It's compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can get Eyenote at the iTunes App Store.