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.
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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.