Five students from Da Nang University of Technology won first prize at ASU/AWS EduHackathon 2017 organized by Arizona University for their FingerReader, a machine that supports visually impaired people to read non-Braille books.
The ASU/AWS EduHackathon 2017 was organized by Arizona State University, BUILD-IT Alliance, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Hackathon focused on solving problems that are present in Vietnam and many countries around the world.
This year, EduHackathon attracted 17 teams of 68 students from different universities in Vietnam.
Curiosito, the team of five students, Nguyen Thai Hoang, Nguyen Khanh Trinh, Nguyen Thien Phuoc, Ta Sinh Phuc and Bui Le Dat, impressed the jury with the way they applied technology to improve the quality of life of people.
The students invented a device which helps people read books without the support of other people. The device has simple structure and looks small and compact with a size just equal to a cigarette pack.
The device includes a small camera mounted on a 3D box specifically designed to be wearable on the hand. The camera is connected with a Raspberry Pi embedded computer which receives and transmits data to the cloud.
When readers point their hands to letters in a book and to photographs, the system will put data in the cloud for processing and then receive data back to the audio file.
The device converts letters in books to voice so that the visually impaired can hear.
With the device, one can read all kinds of books, not only books in Braille.