Date
19 July 2018
The app is designed to offer menus that are pronounced to blind or visually impaired customers. It has menus from 50 restaurants. Photo: HKEJ
The app is designed to offer menus that are pronounced to blind or visually impaired customers. It has menus from 50 restaurants. Photo: HKEJ

HK restaurants offer talking menus for the blind

Dozens of Hong Kong restaurants are taking part in an experiment to make ordering easier for blind people.

Starting Tuesday, users can download a free app from Apple Store that offers talking menus, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. 

The app, named Tap My Dish, has menus from 50 restaurants such as Capital Cafe and Golden Triangle Noodle.

It is designed to offer menus that are pronounced to blind or visually impaired customers.

The Hong Kong Blind Union, a self-help group organized and managed by people with visual disability, developed the app under the government’s sponsorship.

It plans to expand the number of participating restaurants to 100, including chains.

The app brings convenience to nearly 180,000 visually handicapped people in Hong Kong who are often discouraged to eat out because of their disability.

Union chairman Chong Chan-yau said he once ordered a bowl of rice noodle only to get a set meal because the owner failed to read the complete menu for him and led to misunderstanding.

The new app, which provides menus, prices, locations and discount information can read out the information so that visually impaired people who use it can order food without help.

Wong Yan-fung, the union’s director of information technology, said it took more than a year to develop the app which cost more than HK$400,000.

It was designed by a team of mostly handicapped members, Wong said.

The union said nearly half of its members have learned how to use the app.

[Chinese version 中文版]

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