Never Too Late to Learn How to Read

Adult illiteracy comes with social stigmas that prevent many people from trying to learn how to read. The abcDARIAN is designed to discreetly help them achieve their goals. The two-sided, touch enabled device is transparent. You skim over written matter and it phonetically reads it out into an earpiece. It comes with a stylus but the most unique feature is the ability to slowdown speech feedback, just in case it’s reading too fast.

Designer: Sandra Brügmann

    30 Comments

    • Harry says:

      Sounds great… Would be helpful for all… Elder people would find this more favorable…

      • Sandra says:

        Thank you!
        Indeed, it should be helpfull for every age group. But there are more illiterates in our age than one would imagine. Thus it comes with a modern and universal design.

        Sandra Brügmann

    • Harry says:

      Sounds great… Would be helpful for all… Elder people would find this more favorable…

      • Sandra says:

        Thank you!
        Indeed, it should be helpfull for every age group. But there are more illiterates in our age than one would imagine. Thus it comes with a modern and universal design.

        Sandra Brgmann

    • Robert Sorzano says:

      WOW… Love it

    • Robert Sorzano says:

      WOW… Love it

    • Luciano says:

      Is this fully designed? or is a concept?

      • Sandra says:

        Indeed it is a concept till now. I luckily won the "red dot concept award-2010" with this project. But many aspects -I did not mention in this short explanation here- are well considered.
        "abcDARIAN" is my thesis. So I spent a lot of time and spoke with experts to ensure affective design…

    • Luciano says:

      Is this fully designed? or is a concept?

      • Sandra says:

        Indeed it is a concept till now. I luckily won the “red dot concept award-2010″ with this project. But many aspects -I did not mention in this short explanation here- are well considered.
        “abcDARIAN” is my thesis. So I spent a lot of time and spoke with experts to ensure affective design…

    • motwnbro says:

      this could be great for people with dyslexia …..

      • Sandra says:

        Yes, that is right.
        The different "learners-levels" enable dislexics as well as illiterates to learn independently. Repetition is the best way to learn. And this device will never get tired… The learner has to pull himself together. But I think, the most of them are motivated enough.

    • motwnbro says:

      this could be great for people with dyslexia …..

      • Sandra says:

        Yes, that is right.
        The different “learners-levels” enable dislexics as well as illiterates to learn independently. Repetition is the best way to learn. And this device will never get tired… The learner has to pull himself together. But I think, the most of them are motivated enough.

    • Mick says:

      How much is this going for?

    • Mick says:

      How much is this going for?

    • jessicaray says:

      People who aren't able to read, mostly come from extreme poverty. Them being in that kind of economic situation, how would you expect for them to get their hands on a device like this?

      I do, however think it is a fantastic idea, perfect for people with disabilities and it would make an amazing translator design.

    • jessicaray says:

      People who aren't able to read, mostly come from extreme poverty. Them being in that kind of economic situation, how would you expect for them to get their hands on a device like this?

      I do, however think it is a fantastic idea, perfect for people with disabilities and it would make an amazing translator design.

    • Sandra says:

      Many illiterates are existing in the privileged population as well – more than one would guess. It is hard to detect them because they use to hide their disabilities.
      Even Germany has about 4 Million functional illiterates though it seems to be alphabetized completely.

      Countries with worse financial conditions need an alternative way of product placement. The unprivileged population is definitely unable to buy such a device…
      Instead of that non-profit-organizations (NGOs) could offer a possibility. Cooperations between churches of different countries exist already. And they provide trainings in reading and writing. A device like abcDARIAN could be financed by the donations of these partner-churches. Germany and Brazil have cooperating churches for example. Thus I spoke to a german pastor – and according to him my idea is feasible.

    • 2046 says:

      how much?? how long is the battery last and need to recharge again??

    • Shelly says:

      The abcDarian is such an awesome device for people who cannot read. Where do you buy one and how much does it cost?? Thank you so much

    • Александр Кондрашов says:

      Доброе время суток, Сандра! Надеюсь, что вы сможете перевести с русского. Я тоже изобретатель. Можете найти подтверждение в Интернете. У меня есть к Вам деловое предложение.Дело в том, что наши два изобретения- Ваш abcDarian и моя механическая машина для голосования- вместе идеальное устройство голосования для людей с проблемным зрением. Давайте объединим их и дадим этим людям возможность в полной мере воспользоваться своим избирательным правом. Очень надеюсь, что Вы откликнитесь. Александр Кондрашов

    • Darlene Santos-Smith says:

      Hi Sandra,
      I would like to order one of the abcDarian device.
      My Brother has yearned to read all his life and he is now an adult age 55 and is so concerned that he can not read his own mail. This device would help him tremendously. If you would be so kind to let us know how we can order your product we’d greatly appreciate it.
      Thank you,
      Darlene

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