Friday, July 25, 2014

Audible Book Giveaway

I'm very excited to share that Audible has given free audio books to give away to five readers.

For those of you that haven't tried Audible, it has thousands of audio books, current and past, and you can access them on your phone or tablet through their easy to use app. I have been using Audible for some time now and without it I wouldn't be able to have continued 'reading' the books I love.

All you need to do is become a 'follower' of this blog (right hand side), and comment below with your name, age, condition and a book you'd love to have as an audio book.

You have until midnight Sunday 10 August to enter.

Good luck :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Finger Reader

Now this is one invention I am super excited about. Since I came across a news article about it a few weeks ago, I've been thinking of all the ways I could use it and how beneficial it would be to the vision impaired.

The FingerReader is a prototype developed by MIT and is a ring which reads printed text. It really is incredible. Personally, I despise using any magnifiers in public, so I struggle to read things or ask for help. My mind has come up with countless uses for the FingerReader:

  • I could actually read the menu for once, instead of making it up!
  • I could actually read the price on tags when shopping, especially clothes, so no excuses for spending too much money!
  • When I go to sign various forms, I could read through the document myself instead of relying on a dodgy person who really just wants my signature!
  • I could tell who the mail is for, instead of opening everyone's mail!
  • And the list goes on....
Personally, I don't find magnifiers useful for the above situations. I find that they are usually large, draw attention and time consuming as it takes time to focus on what I'm trying to read. 

I look forward to the progress of the FIngerReader and really hope it come to fruition in the near future.

Check out the MIT website.