Handy Device to Help People Who Are Blind Read Without Braille

Handy Device to Help People Who Are Blind Read Without Braille

Handy Device to Help People Who Are Blind Read Without Braille
BY CHRIS CARROLL, TERP MAGAZINE

Louis Braille’s tactile writing and printing system opened a new world of information and inspiration to blind people, but two centuries later, reading most text still requires vision. This barrier could be lifted with the development of HandSight, a project by UMD researchers to literally put vision on the fingertips of blind people, using a miniature camera designed to scope out people’s insides. As users wearing the glove-like device scan a book, tablet or poster, a computer reads it to them—but that’s not the half of it.

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