Boon for the blind
A group of IT
students in Agra have developed a device that can enable the
blind to hear what they cannot see or read. Called ‘E-Netra’,
it costs Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 and it reads texts through an
embedded system and converts them into voice that can be heard
through earphones. Right now it can only read text, but later it
is likely to pick up prints in Braille script.
College team that took six months to develop the device and the
software to go with it was led by R.K. Sharma and included his
assistants Karan, Mayank, Akshat, Khalid and Jitendra.
Sized like a mobile, the device
consists of an automatic zoom camera that will store the text in
memory. It will also emit signals if the page is out of focus.
The text will be converted automatically into speech. The device
can read newspapers, books and even signboards. — IANS