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FingerReader: MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

FingerReader: MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time | Social Foraging |

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.


The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.


Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.


For Jerry Berrier, 62, who was born blind, the promise of the FingerReader is its portability and offer of real-time functionality at school, a doctor’s office and restaurants.

“When I go to the doctor’s office, there may be forms that I wanna read before I sign them,” Berrier said.


He said there are other optical character recognition devices on the market for those with vision impairments, but none that he knows of that will read in real time.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Chris Carter's curator insight, July 10, 2014 11:39 AM

This is extraordinarily useful!

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Caltech Talk: Can humans create a super intelligence and how would it evolve?

Suzanne Gildert's talk at Humanity+ @ Caltech ( ) about "What do super-intelligences REALLY want?" and will they outsmart mankind during in a singularity event.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Bian Wu's curator insight, October 12, 2014 6:24 PM

artificial super intelligence. a lot of video reference

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Infographic: The Incredible Growth of Web Usage [1984-2013]

Infographic: The Incredible Growth of Web Usage [1984-2013] | Social Foraging |

In the three decades since the Internet evolved from an experimental band of academic and government computer systems into a globe-spanning network of interconnected systems, the amount of time spent online has grown to rival (or even exceed) the time spent living offline. Personal computers, tablets and smartphones have made the connected life a reality, and the number of folks pursuing it has exploded.

Find more details at the link.

Via Lauren Moss
Andrew Earnshaw's curator insight, September 20, 2013 3:23 PM

Yes, I too can remember when there wasn't an Internet. Is there an application that's not yet been produced. What next will we all wonder how we did without ?

Al Marqz's curator insight, September 27, 2013 7:14 PM

La humanidad en bloque ha optado por la gran Red y de ésta, por las redes sociales... ¡Larga vida a la web!

Pallab Kakoti's curator insight, April 16, 2014 7:44 AM

The rise & rise of web usage is one of the most unifying & reformative development to have impacted on a global scale. An insightful info-graphic that offers a unique purview from the inception days of internet to the latest trend of app usage estimating an annual revenue of $24 billion.


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