Finger-ring reads books to the blind

According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people are visually impaired, with 39 million of them being blind.

To assist the visually impaired in reading, researchers from the MIT Media Lab have recently developed a ring-shaped device that will read to the wearer.

After putting the device on their finger, the user runs that finger below the printed text of any sort; newspapers, restaurant menus, business cards…etc. A camera in the 3D printed device then scans the words, and reads them aloud in real time. A small vibrating motor tells the wearer if they’ve veered off the line of text, or if they need to move on to the next line.

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