Assoc.Prof.Dr. Levent PARALI
Electrical Electronics Engineering
Wer nichts weiß, liebt nichts.
  Wer nichts tun kann, versteht nichts.
     Wer nichts versteht, ist nichts wert.
        Wer meint, alle früchte würden gleichzeitig
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 Developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, the device allows users to simply point their finger at the text they want to read. According to Rodrique Ngowi at, the FingerReader has special software installed that tracks the user’s finger movements, identifies the written words and processes the information. It also has vibration motors that let the users know if their fingers are straying from the written text.



Ngowi at spoke to Jerry Berrier, a man who was born blind and now works for a government program in the US that distributes technology to help low-income people who have lost their sight and hearing. Berrier said that he hadn’t come across any other devices like this that could read printed words in real time. "Everywhere we go, for folks who are sighted, there are things that inform us about the products that we are about to interact with. I wanna be able to interact with those same products, regardless of how I have to do it,” said Berrier.


According to a member of the team, Roy Shilkrot from the MIT Media Lab, the FingerReader would not replace Braille, but would be available for all the reading materials the visually impaired will encounter in their daily lives that aren’t available in Braille.


The team is now working to get the device through testing so it’s ready for market, and they’re hoping to also get it working on smartphones.