Trace Your Book or Kindle with the FingerReader

The MIT media lab does some pretty damned cool things.

Although, I can imagine a few improvements 😉

Hackaday

[Roy Shilkrot] and his fellow researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed the FingerReader, a wearable device that aids in reading text. Worn on the index finger, it receives input from print or digital text and outputs spoken words – and it does this on-the-go. The FingerReader consists of a camera and sensors that detect the text. A series of algorithms the researchers created are used along with character recognition software to create the resulting audio feedback.

There is a lot of haptic feedback built into the FingerReader.  It was designed with the visually impaired as the primary user for times when Braille is not practical or simply unavailable. The FingerReader requires the wearer to make physical contact with the tip of their index finger on the print or digital screen, tracing the line.  As the user does so, the FingerReader is busy calculating where lines of text…

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~ by Alexander Riccio on March 19, 2015.

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