Voice Stick : Portable Text Scanning Device For The Visually Impaired

Technology is improving day by day and many of the innovations are being planned for various segments of people. Many of the innovations are also invented for people with various ailments. Like the new Voice Stick, a text scanning device for the visually impaired. As the name suggests, the stick when scanned in the printed letters, the OCR function recognizes the text and converts the information into voice. The voice is then read back and thus helping the visually challenged. It is a quite innovative and practical product. So whatever be the matter, like letters, E-mails etc, it works out to be a perfect solution and companion for the visually challenged.

voice stick for the blind

voice stick for the blind


Braille is on of the most important ways that visually impaired individuals acquire their information. The problem is that it is hard to find braille books due to the high costs involved to published them compared to common books.

Voice Stick is a portable text scanning device for the visually impaired. When it scans printed letters, the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) function recognizes the texts and converts the written information into a voice. The portable stick, Voice Stick, can be used to convert any words or letters found in our daily life, such as in books, newspapers, contracts, mail, etc., into voice information.

voice stick for the blind

voice stick for the blind

voice stick for the blind

voice stick for the blind

voice stick for the blind

voice stick for the blind

Designer : Sungwoo Park

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specialk says: September 3, 2008

Great idea but how are they gonna know where to scan if they can't see?

Zeno says: September 3, 2008

The same way they know where to start feeling braille.

Schem says: September 3, 2008

Well, I presume they feel around the edge of the book or somebody directs them.

I just wish it was possible to type as a blind person, must be a loain if you type a lot and GET blinded.

Svend says: September 3, 2008

I tries to feel a page in a book and

I were able to feel were the ink

were in the book.

It took a minute or so to learn it.

Try if your can too.

Phillip says: September 3, 2008

"If you can find the blinder around you, please let them read the fllowing the braille."

What does that even mean?

piccolopadawan says: September 4, 2008

you can type as a blind person. my private lesson teacher for flute is blind and she has this program which says the key of which she is typing. I'm sure it takes a little while to get used to but she can type something like 60-80 words per minute.

Mazanne says: September 9, 2008

Where can I get a hold of one? How much do they cost?

Ragin says: December 10, 2008

Anybody know what the cost for one is because Im doing a project on it but I can find the price

Richard Synnott says: December 24, 2008

I am totally blind and currently use mainstream scanning software with a pc and an a4 size scanner, but I would love a portable solution to be able to read print.

Serene says: December 31, 2008

I tried to find the website http://www.voicestick.com but its not relevant to this product. can somebody please provide this product's website? I would like to find out about the cost so I can consider buying it for a classmate!!!! :):)

Tuvie says: January 1, 2009

@Serena, you can't buy this product, it's only a concept for now

Laura says: January 25, 2009

The best thing about this concept is that only 5% of the blind can actually read Braille. It is about time that technology that has existed for a long time is being used to help the visually impaired. The only thing about this product though is that if only 5% of the blind can read Braille, the buttons on the product would be hard to use as they would not know what buttons they are pressing.

    Steve says: July 29, 2011

    I can't read braille but I can operate my bedside radio in the dark without looking. The point is, you only have to learn where the different buttons are, you don't NEED to read the labels on it.

Bernard Leytus says: April 12, 2009

I'd like to learn more about Voice Stick. Where available? Cost? Any other info?

G Buttrill says: August 17, 2009

This pen will also help those that have dyslecxia or learning disabilities that make reading difficult. There is a pen reader out now but it is difficult to use because it must be held in just the right way and is difficult to use.

mordes says: May 5, 2010

This could be improved with a side that had a braille display, and a usb slot to load books upon the device and a card reader to load the device with prescanned books also replaceable batteries would be a wonderful improvement.

Roselyn says: May 20, 2010

how much does it costs? i'd like to buy for my visually impared kids. please send info..thanks

Roselyn says: May 20, 2010

how much does it costs? i'd like to buy for my visually impaired kids. please send info..thanks

Matt says: September 9, 2010

Does nobody read the other comments?

and I quote:
Original Poster: Tuvie
"@Serena, you can't buy this product, it's only a concept for now."

Seriously people, read the comments.

Daniela Cachia says: April 2, 2012

My father just got this disability, with this divice can he read all book and news paper, I would like how much it cost and from wher can I buy it please.

Thank you
Daniela

garv says: August 22, 2012

if this product is really exhisted in market . . . then where to bye & at what price ???
plz let me know about by giving me reply on my email .

Nikunj says: October 20, 2012

it was good help for deaf people

Rene garza says: March 17, 2013

I would like to know price I am blind and going to school for bling

disha Mehta says: April 8, 2013

It is really Sad if this is only a concept and Not an existing or an Upcomming Device as this gives hope to those who cant see light … and then when you say it is only a concept … you can buy this product it is like breaking their hopes

disha mehta says: April 8, 2013

if a person cant buy this product … then atleast let them know when are you planning to make the device and launch it since you have given us hopes

Lucky says: September 27, 2013

Can regular updates (i.e. details, prospect of launching product and availability) about this product be made available? There appear to be similar available products but I like the concept, design and the convenience of this product. Can we hope to see this product in the near future?







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