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

by Rajashri on September 21, 2009 at 9:43 PM
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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.

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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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