MIT FingerReader

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We have seen the future of devices for the visually impaired, and it includes the FingerReader. This innovative new tool, developed by researchers at MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group, reads aloud any braille text a user points to, and aims to replace audio-visual software which can often prove to be inaccurate and limited. Currently, the prototype device enables users to scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Plus, FingerReader also provides motion feedback in the form of small vibrations to make sure that the user doesn’t veer away from the text. Eventually, the device might be able to replace braille which is already being taught less given the rise of audio-visual software. It could also be used as a translation device that allowing students to better learn and communicate in a new language.