A new device to help the blind to read printed texts is in the final development stages at the national Physics laboratories of Israel.
SV INT. Technician at braille reader
CU Paper placed over scanner, scanning light cross paper
CU Scanning device
SV & CU Oscellograph monitors letters read by scanner (2 shots)
SV Operator at console
CU Paper tape on which braille letters are embossed
CU Tape being "read"
CU & SV Operator places book onto reader, starts scanner & reads embossed tape (4 shots)
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Background: A new device to help the blind to read printed texts is in the final development stages at the national Physics laboratories of Israel.
The machine -- called Transicon -- scans a text. recognises the letters and converts them to electrical coded impulses which operate a braille embosser. Since the machine instantly converts any Latin based alphabet based text into braille, any blind person familiar with the particular language an read any book at the same speed he would normally read braille.
The Transicon has been under development for the past three years and the first models are expected to cost 9,400 dollars (4,000 pounds sterling). This cost is expected to drop to about 3,500 dollars (about 1,500 pounds sterling) once full production is undertaken. While this high dost makes the device too expensive for most blind people, it is expected to find use in libraries and schools for teaching the blind.