In order to make things easier for blind people, 23-year-old Roopam Sharma invented a piece of technology that is predicted to revolutionize reading methods for the visually impaired community with a digital glove that scans text.
Manovue is the world’s first intelligent wearable visual assistant. The word Manovue is derived from a combination of two words: Mano, Spanish word for Hand and Vue, French word for Vision. The user wears Manovue on its hand and simply points its finger towards any printed text and the device reads out aloud what’s written.
Manovue’s technology can also benefit people who are illiterate or have dyslexia, second language learners, tourists in need of translation, young children learning their first language or even people recovering from brain trauma. Manovue can also provide distraction free reading and learning experience to the patients of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
How much does it cost?
At present, the lowest end model is priced at $28 (Rs. 1,935 approximately).
“We’re currently working on reducing the cost of this technology so as to make it affordable in the least income settings and help it reach the masses. We will mass produce the device once the cost is attained,” Roopam said. He added that the product should reach the consumers by 2020, if not sooner.