Text-Scanning Ring Can Read Books Aloud To The Visually Impaired [Video]

Text-Scanning Ring Can Read Books Aloud To The Visually Impaired [Video]

Developed by the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT, the FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text.

Emma Hutchings
  • 18 february 2014

The Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable device that can help people read printed text. The FingerReader is a special ring that could be used by the visually impaired or anyone who needs help with language translation.

Text-Scanning Ring Can Read Books Aloud For The Visually Impaired [Video]

The device scans a line of text for the wearer as they move their finger across a page. They then receive audio feedback of the words and haptic feedback of the layout (start and end of line, new line, and other cues).

The FingerReader can also detect and provide feedback when the wearer deviates from the baseline of the text, helping them maintain a straight scanning motion within the line. You can check out the wearable text-reading device in the video below:


Sources: prosthetic knowledge, Fluid Interfaces

Images: Fluid Interfaces

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