Device That Allows Blind People to Read Audio Labels on Objects Launched

by Rajashri on  September 21, 2009 at 9:43 PM News on IT in Healthcare
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 Device That Allows Blind People to Read Audio Labels on Objects Launched
A new device that allows blind people to attach and read audio labels on everyday objects has been launched at a price of 60 pounds.

Developed by a UK firm together with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the PenFriend uses minute barcodes which - when scanned by a digital pen - trigger MP3 files recorded on the unit, reports The BBC.

It can be used to label foods and medication as well as clothing, personal documentation and film and music collections.

"At the moment we are just scratching the surface: we are starting development of address books, organisers, diaries and calendars," explained Alison Long of the RNIB.

The PenFriend is the result of collaboration between the charity and London-based company, Mantra Lingua.

It was on show at the RNIB Techshare exhibition in London's Docklands.

Source: ANI
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