FingerReader: A Wearable Device to Support Text Reading on the Go
Author(s)Shilkrot, Roy; Huber, Jochen; Nanayakkara, Suranga; Liu, Connie K.; Maes, Patricia
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Visually impaired people report numerous difficulties with accessing printed text using existing technology, including problems with alignment, focus, accuracy, mobility and efficiency. We present a finger worn device that assists the visually impaired with effectively and efficiently reading paper-printed text. We introduce a novel, local-sequential manner for scanning text which enables reading single lines, blocks of text or skimming the text for important sections while providing real-time auditory and tactile feedback. The design is motivated by preliminary studies with visually impaired people, and it is small-scale and mobile, which enables a more manageable operation with little setup.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory; Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Proceedings of the extended abstracts of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI EA '14)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber, Connie Liu, Pattie Maes, and Suranga Chandima Nanayakkara. 2014. FingerReader: a wearable device to support text reading on the go. In CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2359-2364.
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