VelaSense is a comprehensive accessibility platform, which offers solutions for visually impaired users, elders and others with accessibility issues.

Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) director Karen Gourgey said: "Visus Technology has been doing incredibly innovative user-centered research in the field of assistive mobile technology."

According to Visus, the VelaSense is currently available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers and will operate on select Android phones with an operating system that is version 4.3 or higher.

The platform provides improved ease-of-use, better efficiency and increased task execution speed, and performs common smartphone functions such as voice calls, text messages, emailing and contacts management.

It is supported by Verizon’s 4G LTE network and available in the Google Play Store under VelaSense.

Visus Technology chairman and CEO Dr Stephen McCormack said: "The VelaSense platform continues to incorporate new tools and applications to enhance independence and empower users to be more connected to friends, associates and loved ones."