A new device has been unveiled this week by Fluid Interfaces called the Finger Reader which takes the form of a 3D printed ring which is worn on the finger and is capable of reading out printed text from to the visually impaired.
As well as reading printed text the Finger Reader can also be used for translation purposes and is capable of scanning a line of text at a time providing audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout.
The FingerReader is provided with algorithms that are capable of detecting and providing feedback when the user veers away from the baseline of the text, helping maintain a straight scanning motion as the user reads. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the awesome Finger Reader project and see it in action. Its creators explain a little more:
“Finger Reader is a device that assists visually impaired users with reading texts or words. It’s basically a ring the user wears on their index finger that houses a tiny camera and some haptic actuators for feedback.
When a visually impaired person wants to read some text around them, maybe a business card, a menu in a restaurant, a sign, they point their finger at the surface with the text and the device readsthe words out loud. They can go faster, slower, go back, etc, and get feedback if they are vearing off a line of text nudging their finger back in the right direction.”
For more information on the new Finger Reader device jump over to the Fluid Interfaces website for details and a comprehensive FAQ.
Source: Fluid Interfaces