The Reading Finger

Finger Reader is a fine example of how visually impaired can be more independent in places like a grocery store or shops. The reader is a combination of a finger device and Bluetooth Headset, where the finger-pointer scans products for barcodes and relays the product information to earpiece as audio instructions. Info like product description, price, ingredients, nutrition etc. is easily accessible. I think it will be a good aid!

Finger Reader is a 2011 Sparks Award Entry.

Designer: Hansub Lee


  • Jarosław Ciupiński says:

    I’d like to see visually impaired person trying to find bar-code.

  • Johnny says:

    Ya beat me to it, Jaroslaw. If NFC ever makes it mainstream and replaces the bar code I can see this working, but until then I can’t imagine a blind guy getting any use from this at all.

  • mmdkk says:

    That was my first thought when I saw this! We think of all these hi-tech gadgets but overlook the basic steps and needs. I think this is the case of ‘solution first’ product not a ‘research first’.

  • SShiverBBrains says:

    Where is the information stored? You need a complete and constantly updated catalogue (with vocal translations) of every product ever released.

    This might work as an accessory for smartphones but I can’t seeing this being feasible as a stand-alone unit without a cellular connection, with means monthly fees and spotty reception.

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  • LI_Mom says:

    Even blind people can learn the general location where manufacturers place their bar codes on various products & then it’s simply a matter of including a small ‘bump’ on the label that will indicate where the barcode begins.

    Blind people have been reading since the early 1800’s!

  • Rene says:

    I, being blind myself, am a little irritated about this new device. Aren’t there already enough barcode scanners we can use? I personally think using my cell phone as a barcode scanner works well enough. The problem, as already pointed out, is a different one: No matter which scanner I use, I do have difficulties actually locating the barcode. So if you want to invent something great: How about manufacturing a small camera with a much greater scanning angle? If it were to be developed as an add-on for cell phones, I can imagine it being useful for many more purposes than for just scanning barcodes.

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  • ms. jacque says:

    don’t know why braille of some kind is not on all pkgs…

  • Wow. It is very great. Thank you.

  • Daren says:

    Very similar concept to one being used for picking in warehouses, which uses a finger mounted scanner connected to a wrist mounted PDA, with voice feedback and voice recognition.

  • justaguy357 says:

    i need to know if anything more has come of this & why you havnt marketed this as media scout scanner alone u dont need the earpeice if you conect to a smartphone you can conect more than one bluetooth device at a time and my other question is how much of this is developed any prodotypes cost manufacuring cost product pattens i need info i am interested in helping

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  • Bruce says:

    I am visually impaired and legally blind. I am also Diabetic with high blood pressure. This is a great idea that needs to be brought to market. The only thing I can think of that it could use is a button to push after you decide “basket or not” to send the price to be added to a list anouncing the running total. This way you can immediatly have your total at check out if a dispute arrises. I hope you got first place because you should have. All you nay sayers out there whi say use your cell phone,just wait until you are there!

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