The Gift of New Abilities, a project started by A.G. Ramakrishnan from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to enable the blind to access printed text.
So far, more than 500 Tamil books (school, college, story and general) have been converted by MILE's OCR and delivered as Braille books to hundreds of blind students in Tamil Nadu. OCR has been installed free of charge in several computers of RCMCT Worth Trust Rehabilitation Centre, Chennai and they have been running it as a service for blind students for the past 4 years. Worth Trust uses the OCR to recognize and convert printed text to Unicode first and then to Braille code and prints them on a Braille printer and gives the Braille book to the requesting blind person. Similarly, the Kannada version has been given to some voluntary agencies and individual blind students in Karnataka.