BLaDE (Barcode Localization and Decoding Engine) smartphone app in action


BLaDE (Barcode Localization and Decoding Engine) is an Android smartphone app designed to enable a blind or visually impaired user find and read product barcodes. The primary innovation of BLaDE, relative to most commercially available smartphone apps for reading barcodes, is that it provides real-time audio feedback to help visually impaired users find a barcode, which is a prerequisite to being able to read it.

Link to BLaDE software download:

Click here for YouTube video demo of BLaDE in action.


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