The FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text. It is a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation. Wearers scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout: start and end of line, new line, and other cues. The FingerReader algorithm knows to detect and give feedback when the user veers away from the baseline of the text, and helps them maintain a straight scanning motion within the line.
For more information about FingerReader, it's conception, future directions and alternatives please see the FingerReader FAQ document.
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How does the FingerReader sound like? Here is a sample of the current version of FingerReader's audio output.
The FingerReader is just a research prototype at this point, but we may explore turning it into a product in the near future. Please enter your email address here to stay informed.