University Graduates Develop Reading Machine for the Blind
A team of graduates from the Shenzhen University develop a type of reading machine for the blind. The machine enabled the graduates to win tickets for the 2012 Global Social Venture Competition in the United States later this month. The machine took first prize in the competition that was held in Beijing.
The machine is about the size of a mouse can recite words written in English and Chinese characters that are printed on receipts, menus, manuals and books. The reading machine was develop by four graduate students will be launched in the market by the second half of this year. The machine will be sold 20 percent cheaper compared to prices of imported products that have similar functions.
While the four graduates were still studying at the university, they also developed a pair of glasses that can help blind people know the status of the traffic lights. A lot of their classmates have done volunteer work for blind people, and the team created gadgets that will help the blind as their contribution. In 2009, the glasses won first prize during the national creative design competition.
The successes of their glasses led them to further develop the reading machine that could assist the blind in reading. They set up a company at the university’s business incubator with the help of the university who gave them 100,000 funding and an office. Since then they have been working day and night to perfect their machine.
Currently the team is working hard to prepare for the competition with the help of Beijing Wintone Science and Technology Co. Ltd who is helping the team in their preparation.