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FINGERREADER
A WEARABLE INTERFACE FOR READING ON-THE-GO

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.

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.

Publications

Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber, Connie K. Liu, Pattie Maes and Suranga Nanayakkara. "FingerReader: A Wearable Device to Support Text-Reading on the Go". In Proceedings of CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '14). To appear.   [PDF]

Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber, Connie K. Liu, Pattie Maes and Suranga Nanayakkara. "A Wearable Text-Reading Device for the Visually-Impaired". In Proceedings of CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '14 – Video Showcase). To appear.