Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Blind Reader

New device could open up new jobs for blind workers ...

"The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) unveiled Monday a groundbreaking new device, the Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader.

The portable Reader, developed by the National Federation of the Blind and renowned inventor Ray Kurzweil, enables users to take pictures of and read most printed materials at the click of a button. Users merely hold "the camera that talks" over print -- a letter, bills, a restaurant menu, an airline ticket, a business card, or an office memo --- to hear the contents of the printed document played back in clear synthetic speech.

Combining a state-of-the-art digital camera with a powerful personal data assistant, the Reader puts the best available character-recognition software together with text-to-speech conversion technology in a single handheld device."   continued ...   (Via Positive Technology Journal)

Portable Blind Reader - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Portable Blind Reader

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