Finger Reader: Index Finger Gadget that Facilitates the Blind Read Text

Index Finger Gadget :

With the help of this device, visually impaired people can now read books even if it is not in Braille form.

Something that will really elevate the category to new heights has developed by the Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. Professor Pattie Maes, who leads the Fluid Interfaces Group that is developing the gadget; said Finger Reader was “like reading with the tip of your finger”. “It’s a lot more flexible, a lot more immediate than any solution that they have right now,” she said.

Finger Reader, a ring that is slips in index finger. People with the visual disabilities can now be facilitated to read text.

Text can be read, printed in any form:

  • On paper (e.g books, newspapers and restaurant menus)


  • Electronic devices

Finger Reader was created using following:

  • A 3D printer and fit very securely on the user’s index finger.

  • A small camera placed on the top of the ring, which purpose is to scans the text.

  • A created voice reads the words aloud and promptly translating the text from any printed material, as the user moves their finger across the text.

  • A software program that tracks the finger’s movements

  • A vibration motors will activate and alert the reader if their finger has wander away from the correct order of the text on the page.

There are 285 million people worldwide who are visually impaired estimated by The World Health Organisation. Technology could help enhance independence and thwart social isolation.

People who are either blind or have low vision can now have the ability to enjoy books and magazines at rapid pace, day-to-day activities such as reading restaurant menus could become easier as well ,and improving quality of life.



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