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The students of MIT Media Lab introduce wearable technology that might replace brailles – the books for blind & revolutionize the prevailing translation technology, taking it beyond mobile apps & internet.
So the use of the finger reader extends beyond the visually impaired as it may also be used by a tourist, an individual to learn various languages etc. with a single gesture of touch.. Interestingly, common human act of pointing one’s index finger to read has effectively been used in this very handy gadget giving it a natural user interface. , Here’s how it works… Worn on the index finger, one scrolls the finger below the written text. . The camera positioned in front, at the tip of the finger scans the written text and processes it into an audio message. Hap tic actuators placed on the device ensure effective navigation of the finger through the text. It nudges/ vibrates indicating that the finger to change direction or move to the next line. The flexibility facilitates reversal and guides one’s pace. The device proves to be handy in almost all situations. As it stretches beyond just being a tool for the blind, but it’s also looked as a possible solution to many who pose challenges such as people with dyslexia, second language learners, tourists in need of translation, young children learning their first language or even people recovering from brain trauma. Take the example of a situation where you get a menu at a restaurant in France or a blind gets a notice at bank, Wouldn’t it be a difficult situation to be in, without the finger reader? . Of course, this gadget is the need of the hour! In terms of design, it is not fully explored yet. The language translator application is yet to be incorporated into the prototype, making for a seamless real time experience. Although it is currently integrated with a computer, in the near future one can expect it to be smart phones compatible as well.
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