In this week’s discovered technologies, we present you with a ring that allows your finger to read for you. FingerReader is a ring-like device that you strap around your finger and it reads printed text out loud by means of a synthesized voice. FingerReader was created with a double purpose, to assist people who are blind or visually impaired and also to help people translate written text from one language to another.
The device is able to function thanks to a mounted camera and open source software which reads the letters that your finger points to on a book or on a screen. The FingerReader algorithm also causes the device to vibrate when the user’s finger veers away from the baseline of the text. This enables the user to maintain a straight scanning motion with his/her finger and read the text properly. It also notifies the user to move on to the next when he/she has reached the end of the line.
The video below demonstrates how the device works, but doesn’t clarify if the device has a speaker, or is connected to an audio output by means of Bluetooth or similar technology.
The FingerReader is yet another great innovation that can definitely make a difference in people’s lives, especially those who are blind or visually impaired.