Engineers at MIT have created a prototype device that’s worn on the finger like a ring and can read aloud to the blind in real time.
Engineers at MIT Media Lab have created a prototype device that’s worn on the finger like a ring and can read aloud to the blind in real time.
It gives the visually impaired the freedom to scan through everything from books to forms as the need arises.
The user wears it on their index finger and scans along the content. A camera picks up the words, which are then processed and made audible.
Also installed are sensors that let the user know when they are about to go over the edge of the reading area or if they’ve strayed from the text line.
Getting such a small yet valuable tool to work presents quite a challenge for its developers.
Thus far, they’ve put in 3 years of coding and designing and still have a long way to go before it can be considered commercially viable.
Among the things it would eventually need to do is read cellphones.
The creators hope that they can someday soon turn their prototype into an actual product.