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Samsung launches ultrasonic Galaxy Core Advance cover, optical stand

Samsung says the ultrasonic smartphone cover, which was designed to aid disabled and visually impaired people, can sense the presence of a person or object up to 6 feet away.

Samsung's ultrasonic cover
Samsung's ultrasonic cover Samsung

Samsung on Friday announced a few new accessories for its Galaxy Core Advance.

First up is an ultrasonic cover that fits atop the smartphone and detects objects to help users navigate around an area or unfamiliar places. When heading towards an obstacle, the cover vibrates. The cover can target objects up to 2 meters away, said Samsung, and it could be especially useful for the visually impaired.

In addition to the ultrasound cover, Samsung announced an Optical Scan Stand. The accessory is essentially a stand that positions the Galaxy Core Advance to point directly at printed material. That then activates the device's own Optical Scan software, which reads text aloud. Samsung also announced an accessory it's calling The Voice Label, which allows users to identify objects and either take notes or place voice labels to differentiate them.

"[The Voice Label] can also help a user distinguish how to use electronics by allowing them to record a short explanation," Samsung said.

Samsung's accessories are available now. The company expects to expand their availability to other Galaxy devices "in the future."