Tech Improving Lives: Wearable Thimble Concept Translates Information into Braille in Real-Time

| December 29, 2010 | Reply

Here’s something that I always enjoy seeing, an application of technology that can improve the lives of those who are handicapped or disabled.  The Thimble is a concept device that a blind person would wear on their index finder. Embedded into the finger glove are optical sensors, Bluetooth radios and a haptic, tactile pad that resides under the finger tip.  The Thimble can see text and information via the optical sensor, and then convert that into Braille which is relayed via the tactile pad to the wearer.  The Bluetooth radio allows it to communicate with a paired smartphone to relay information such as news feeds, location and text messages to the wearer.  While this is only a concept at this point, it shows some really promising ideas that hopefully will be able to be implemented into a real product someday.  How do you feel about technology bettering others’ lives? (Good, we hope!)  Take a look at the video below of how the Thimble works and let us know what you think in the comments!

From the great tomorrowland of concept videos comes yet another potentially life-changing product: a thimble (looks more like a one-finger glove to us) that takes ambient input and relays it in via an electro-tactile grid to the wearer’s finger in Braille. It gets text input from an embedded camera, like in the picture above, or pulls RSS feeds, books, or presumably any other text via a Bluetooth-paired smartphone. We are, of course, addicted to the flow of info our mobile devices feed us throughout the day, and this little guy seems like the perfect tool to bring that flow more easily to the visually impaired. Now, venture capitalists, work your magic — we’ll be expecting to see this thing on shelves just in time for holidays season 2012.

Source: Engadget

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