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MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

“Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.”

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How your body can transmit data

Swedish communications giant Ericsson has developed a device which transmits data via the human body.

Click’s editor Richard Taylor demonstrates how capacitive coupling works and what it could be useful for.

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Oorwonde: Tactile Hearing

Oorwonde is an interactive operating table whereby the visitor turns himself over to aural surgery and hears and feels the soundtrack of a fictitious operation. Based on Bernhard Leitner’s philosophy that listening is understood to extend to all parts of the body and sound to touch a deep nerve, Oorwonde explores the concept of bodily hearing and the borders of the audible.

wants to take the visitor by surprise via the sensation of sounds and movements and the insight that these sound and movements can be influenced by the amount of pressure executed on specific points.

is designed by Laura Maes.