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Device for blind speaks what it sees

In yet another exciting development for the visually impaired, a group out of the U.S. has begun to tout a talking camera, a device that lets users take pictures of and read just about anything.

To use it, just scan a printed document and wait a couple heartbeats for the vocal translation. It’s the equivalent of a digital camera and a PDA all rolled into one, with the added bonus that you don’t need to be able to see what you’re shooting to be able to “see” it.

The announcement has been made for the America-based National Federation of the Blind, in conjunction with inventor Ray Kurzweil, who has vast experience bringing the otherwise hidden world to the disabled.

The device can store thousands of printed pages with the built-in memory or expand the memory capability for even more storage. You can also transfer those images to your PC, laptop, or even a Braille notetaker.

As with most devices for the disabled, however, this one comes with a high price. In this case, the price is US$3,495. Still, some would argue that that is a small price to pay for the relative freedom it brings.

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