1. Problem: Health
Almost 3% of the population is visually impaired. This people have many restrictions on their day-to-day basis specially regarding reading. Only 7% of the books are available in braille or audio. Additionally, things like menus, letters, magazines rarely exist in braille. This fact puts blind people in great vulnerability.
2. Technology: The finger reader
- This is a prototype developed by the MIT Media Lab.
The devise is a ring that assists visually impaired users with reading text or books.
- When a visually impaired person wants to read something such as a menu they point their finger at the surface and the devise reads the words aloud. They can go faster, slower, go back, etc.
- The reader has a small camera and it is equipped with algorithms that give real-time feedback as it scans the page. A vibration lets the user know if they need to lift their finger up or down and also signals the end of a line.
- The devise may be in the market in 2017.
See more here: The finger reader
- MIT Media Lab
- MIT Students start-up
- Visually impaired people and their families
4. Next steps
Prove the prototype in a big scale
Develop the start-up and the business model
Look for investors
Put the devise in the market