Braille 2.0

Jeroen van Pelt
November 27th 2012

Text for blind people using the Braille alphabet has been around for some time. But instead of making separate books for the visually impaired, why not change the way we all read?

With Braille 2.0, you simply scan text with your finger. Tiny implants will digitalize the text and transmit it to an ear implant. The implant converts the text into spoken words that are projected into the ear.

Other applications of the system are also appealing for people with full vision. Adding the function of translating or explaining a word's meaning will give readers a richer experience.  Instead of looking words up in the dictionary, you scan it and get the meaning projected through your ear implant. Reading in the dark might even be possible. Now everyone can go to the library and pick up any book he wants to read, with or without vision.

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neutronine
Posted 04/12/2012 – 08:32

And what if they are deaf? How will they hear the text?

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