FingerReader to Offer Affordable, Real-Time Help

by Nancy DuVergne Smith on July 11, 2014 · 4 comments

in Engineering, Media

A computer voice speaks the words as the viewer points to them.

A computer voice speaks the words as the viewer points.

What’s new at MIT? Here’s one thing: the FingerReader, a wearable device that assists in reading printed text, developed in the Media Lab’s Fluid InterFaces Group.

Perched on the index finger, the device reads as viewers move their fingers along the line of print text. The ring houses a tiny camera and some haptic actuators for feedback.

The goal is to provide an affordable version, perhaps delivered via cell phone, that offers a real-time tool for visually impaired people and an aid for language translation and would work on print documents, from menus to contracts, as well as touch screens.

The FingerReader in use.

The FingerReader in use.

Want to know more?

The Boston Herald reported on a June demonstration of a research prototype created via 3D printing.

Watch a video, showing how it works and read the FAQs on the Fluid Interfaces website.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

CARMELO ALIA September 6, 2016 at 3:30 am

Good morning gentlemen,
I’m interested in your device FINGER READER .
Can you tell me if its use is valid and where can I buy it?
How much approximately ?
Thank you for your courtesy and I look forward to have your reply .
Dr. Carmelo ALIA –
Via Catania , 95 –


Nancy DuVergne Smith September 6, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Hello, Thanks for your interest in this Slice of MIT blog post.

To find out more about the Finger Reader, please contact the research group that created it. You will find them online here:


surabhi July 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm

This given website is not working
please give another one


surabhi July 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm

I want some more information about FingerReader.
I like this device.
can you please provide me some more information and from where I buy this .
and what is the price of it?


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