FingerReader is the name of a wearable gadget that could help visually impaired people read printed text in books and even on electronic devices, thus opening up additional possibilities to them. Developed by MIT researchers, FingerReader wants to help the blind access more resources than what’s already available in Braille format. TechCrunch reports that, according to a recent study from the Royal National Institute of the Blind in Britain cited by one of the researchers, in 2011 only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio, and Braille. One feature the MIT researchers do not explain is how readers will move seamlessly from one line of text in a book to the next, given that their visual impairment may prevent them from actually seeing the text.
Apple’s collaboration on a hearing aid that works simply with the iPhone is a nice extension of their product design philosophy that will benefit individuals with hearing loss. It is also noteworthy given the rising age of iPhone users.
Ring-like wearable device that can read aloud text as you guide it with your finger - video embedded below:
The FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text. It is a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation. Wearers scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout: start and end of line, new line, and other cues. The FingerReader algorithm knows to detect and give feedback when the user veers away from the baseline of the text, and helps them maintain a straight scanning motion within the line.
Developed by the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT, you can find out more here
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