Beyond Braille

Braille opened the door to literacy and enhanced independence for those with visual impairments. Similarly, the FingerReader aims to do much the same thing without the limitations of raised-dot reading.

Adapted to fit on the hand and index finger, this wearable device makes it possible for users to point at any sign, label, bank note, or page in a book and instantly understand what’s in front of them. Equipped with a specialized scanner, words and sentences are detected and processed using computer vision algorithms so they can be spoken in real time. Used in tandem with traditional Braille training, it has the ability to take an individual’s independence to the next level.

Designer: Suranga Nanayakkara