The FingerReader

News story clip-art iconFrom the tech-website Mashable comes a story about the “FingerReader”, a device worn on the finger that scans text on a page and reads it out loud in real-time. Aside from the benefits for people with visual impairments it may also be useful for translating languages on the fly.

The article says:

The “FingerReader” is a 3D-printed, ring-like device fitted with a small camera that scans and reads words out loud in real-time, as users follow text with their finger. It is “a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation,” according to the FingerReader’s website.

The technology was developed by researchers at MIT, and the original project website can be found here.

There is also a video of the technology in action (click here if it doesn’t load below):

Original links:

http://fluid.media.mit.edu/projects/fingerreader

http://mashable.com/2014/07/13/blind-fingerreader/