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Wearable Technology May Help the Blind Read

A team of researchers at MIT have just designed the first prototype OCR scanner that fits on your finger. The device, which is currently known as the finger meter, allows the user to scan over text with their hand and have the text read aloud. The video on the website demonstrates someone using this device to scan a document.

Beyond reading pages of printed text, this device could be a great option for reading labels on products, finding out the price of items, and so much more. It could also be a great benefit in the classroom for students who don't have access to a portable OCR solution.

On the website, there is an option to provide your email address if you want to stay informed about the progress of the project.

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For the past three years Alena has been a feature writer for the online magazine Matilda Ziegler. She has also been a contractor for the Oregon Commission for the Blind, helping blind adults learn to use adaptive technology. She is studying to be a teacher of the visually impaired at Portland State. You might also recognize her from the Serotalk podcast Triple Click Home.

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