Enabling the blind to access printed content

October 27, 2014 Courtesy : Livemint

"The Gift of New Abilities, a project started by A.G. Ramakrishnan, has built a technological tool that enables any blind person to access content that is printed. Optical Character Recognition technology converts printed books into Braille books in minutes."

The Internet along with other technological innovation is changing the way people access content. Some organisations are using these technologies to help disabled or handicapped people get access to education that would have been too costly or impractical otherwise.

The Gift of New Abilities, a project started by A.G. Ramakrishnan, has built a technological tool that enables any blind person to access content that is printed. Ramakrishnan is a professor of Medical Intelligence & Language Engineering (MILE) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. Ramakrishnan’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology can convert any printed book into a Braille book in a matter of minutes. Its current accuracy rate is 94-98%, the former BPL executive said.

Ramakrishnan started working on developing the technology after an earlier project which was more ambitious failed. A senior professor friend of his suggested that he do a project on artificial retina to help the blind—an endeavour that required cooperation from other agencies.


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