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world's first portable reading machine for the blind
KurzweilAI.net, July 11, 2005
, Inc. (
) and the National Federation of the Blind (
) introduced the world's first portable
for the blind last week at the NFB's
2005 National Convention
in Louisville, KY.
, which can fit in a user's shirt pocket, can read print and text
go through their normal daily routine. It converts print into
-sounding speech and can read handouts at meetings, signs on a wall,
consists of a consumer
camera with a standard PocketPC, so the
cost is expected to benefit from the rapid improvement of
s. The camera and pocket
are held together by a snap-in case.
was developed by Ray Kurzweil and his colleagues at KTI in close
the NFB, which is organizing a comprehensive testing
, yet the
it's using is 2,000 times more powerful." This new portable unit is
be available for sale in 2006.
NFB Director of Strategic Projects Jim Gashel demonstrated the
for several minutes while the
read the document," said Kurzweil, who followed the demo with a talk
, KTI's collaboration with NFB on the project, and the
The portable reader provides feedback to the user on what it sees,
of image tilt or rotation. The
also includes image-enhancement techniques to compensate for uneven
and the low quality optics of inexpensive consumer cameras.
version will include scene-recognition capabilities to locate objects
lamps and people.
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