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Teaching Your Finger to Read

GOOD Magazine

The brains over at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab are working on a wearable device that helps visually impaired people read printed text. The FingerReader, not to be confused with the comparatively less high-tech palm reader whom your weird aunt swears by, is a ring with a built-in camera that the user fits on his or her index finger. When the user points at a surface with text, the camera picks up the words, which the device then reads out loud.

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  • Sam

    Cool concept... But how are you supposed to know where to point your finger in the first place? It tells the user if the finger strays from the line of text or reaches the end of the line, but how do you know where to start?