FingerReader: Reading for visually impaired made easy

Innovation never stops. And young bright minds at MIT make sure of it.

One of the best technology institutes around the world, MIT encourages its aspiring minds to continuously tinker around with ideas that can make this world an easier place to live. And this time young guns of Fluid Interfaces Group of MIT have something very useful and innovative in their “geekbox”.

FingerReader. That’s a pretty self-explanatory name itself. But still, leave us the explanatory part.

FingerReader is a device that people can wear on their finger, and then it will help them to read printed text. It is a very useful product for the visually impaired who have difficulty reading text and have to rely on assistive equipment for reading. All you have to do is wear FingerReader on your reading finger (in most cases the index finger) and point it to the printed text and there you go.


How does it work?

The FingerReader consists of a ring shaped holder in which your finger fits in. This holder have a camera at top that scans the printed text when brought in line with it. Its complex algorithm scan the text and processes it intelligently to convert it into an audio message that is conveyed to the reader through an audio headset. Pretty interesting, right?


Here is what the institute have to say about the device:

The FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text. It is a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation. Wearers scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout: start and end of line, new line, and other cues. The FingerReader algorithm knows to detect and give feedback when the user veers away from the baseline of the text, and helps them maintain a straight scanning motion within the line.

FingerReader is still in research mode and is yet to become an end product. We are sure when it does, it is going to help a lot of people. MIT is also aiming to target this device to the people with language barriers by adding the ability of translation to this device. We’ll see what this turns out to be. Until then head out to the official website of Fluid Interfaces Group to read more about this innovation. Plus you can also find out the other projects they are working on or have worked.