Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)

Object Recognition


Identify objects or products with spoken words


About Object Recognition 


If you cannot see or cannot read the label on a product, these tools for identifying objects can help.

What tools are there for object recognition?

Voice Labeling Systems

Labeling systems like the PenFriend or WayAround tags allow you to record your own message connected to a tag or sticker. It will then read the message back to you when you scan the tag.

Related Apps


These apps use your smartphone’s camera to identify objects. The descriptions are generated by a computer or based off the item’s barcode.


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


object identification technology, labelling systems for the blind


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?