Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Technology on the go

Since I was talking about travelling, I started looking into useful technology for travelling. Interestingly enough, Kurzweil teamed up with the National Federation of the Blind to create something called the K-NFB Reader Mobile.

For those of you that are not familiar, Kurzweil is the company that brought you the Kurzweil 1000 - scanned text to speech reader by using OCR recognition to conver images into text and then text to speech output.

Well tehy've really outdone themselves this time, this K-NFB Reader is invaluable to people who cannot see or has low-vision. What is it? It is a camera/cell phone that is able to capture image text and convert it into speech. It is able to read signs, books, menus, even bills.

It currently retails for about USD$2000. But well worth it I believe if it gets you the freedom of travelling independently. I'm hoping to get my hands on one of these guys soon. Can't wait.

Take a look at this video to see it in action!

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