Fingerreader – Wearable Interface to support reading

The Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Lab is currently working on the “FingerReader”, a wearable device that can scan an read out loud printed texts. Like in the earlier mentioned “Eye Ring Project”, it could be worn like a ring, e.g. on the index finger. When pointing towards a written text, words and layout can be analysed and the ring give feedback to the reader, by using a computer voice reading out the scanned text, and by haptic vibrations that shall guide the reader along the reading line. This might not only be interesting for visually impaired people, but, as the group says, also be a tool for language translation. Here is a short video:

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