How technology is changing blindness: 6 talks on how those who can’t see can drive cars, take photographs and more

Originally posted on TED Blog:

When Ron McCallum was a child, he loved story time. But he was sad not to be able to read a book on his own. It was the 1940s, and McCallum was blind since birth. As his mom told him, “You can’t feel the pictures, and you can’t feel the print on the page.”

“Little did I know that I would be part of a technological revolution that would make that dream come true,” says McCallum, a labor law scholar, in this incredibly sweet talk given at TEDxSydney. “Computers have changed the lives of us all in this room and around the world, but I think they’ve changed the lives of we blind people more than any other group.”

In this talk, McCallum takes us on a tour of the people and technology that allowed him to read — from those who transcribed into braille to the maker of…

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One thought on “How technology is changing blindness: 6 talks on how those who can’t see can drive cars, take photographs and more

  1. Simple solutions such as the StandScan Pro used with a smartphone can also help the visually impaired to have written matter read out to them, anywhere. It does this by providing a stable base to allow the user to capture a high quality image of the documents and then use an OCR (optical character recognition) app on their smartphone to have the text on the page recognised and converted to editable text. Simply select the editable text and have it spoken out aloud. Check out http://www.standscan.com.

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