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The Reading Finger Gives Barcode Information A Voice For Visually Impaired

It's so great to find innovations for disabled people on design websites, rather than buried in disability association files.  "Design" says the world is paying attention to disability needs, and it cares that the latest technologies are employed in the tools and that they look pretty cool too.  The Finger Reader is at least the second* design for blind and visually impaired persons by Hansub Lee and it's a great accessibility creation for finding exactly what you want while shopping.

 

The Finger Reader can be worn around the neck for easy accessibility.: design by Hansub Lee, image via yankodesign.comThe Finger Reader can be worn around the neck for easy accessibility.: design by Hansub Lee, image via yankodesign.com

 

The Finger Reader comes with Bluetooth technology: design by Hansub Lee, image via yankodesign.comThe Finger Reader comes with Bluetooth technology: design by Hansub Lee, image via yankodesign.com

 

It's easy to shop as a sighted person.  You can see and feel what you are buying.  But suppose your eyesight is very poor?  How can you choose between brands?  How are you even sure whether you are buying canned peas instead of canned corn?  Well, you can't, unless you have brought along a sighted person to read ingredients for you.

The Finger Reader enhances independence for persons with low or no vision.  The design consists of two parts - an electronic reader and an earphone with Bluetooth technology that connects the reader to the earphone.

 

The Finger Reader design for low vision and blind persons to hear the information conveyed by barcodes: design by Hansub Lee, image via yankodesign.comThe Finger Reader design for low vision and blind persons to hear the information conveyed by barcodes: design by Hansub Lee, image via yankodesign.com

 

 Diagram of how the Finger Reader is used: design by Hansub Lee, image via yankodesign.comDiagram of how the Finger Reader is used: design by Hansub Lee, image via yankodesign.com

 

Now it would really be great if packaged food had more information on its barcodes, or a new barcode that included information about food content, such as salt, sugar, fat, protein and calorie counts.  Is that too much to ask the food industry?

Perhaps...  Anyway, the Finger Reader is an entry to the 2011 Sparks Awards.  Let's see or hear what happens!

 

* Hansub Lee's other innovation for low-visioned and blind persons was the Haptic Reader, which he co-designed with David Lee and Yuna Kim

 

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