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Resource id #4 New devices for visually impaired launched - Volume 4 Issue 13: Disability News and Information Service for India

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Volume 4 Issue 13 - July 01, 2006

New devices for visually impaired launched

D.N.I.S. News Network - The visually impaired can now choose a matching apparel and also read finer texts with ease by using two imported devices unveiled by the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (N.I.V.H.).

The Talking Colour Indicator which identifies monochromatic colour and Television Eye Print Magnifier which magnifies text images on a screen have been introduced by the institute to mark 126th birth anniversary of Helen Keller on June 27.

The portable Talking Colour Indicator when focussed on an object tells the user the colour of it. It would be able to identify all the monochromatic colours but is not equipped to identify a blend of colours. The device that has been imported from United Kingdom costs Rs. 22,000.

The Television Eye Print Magnifier is for those with low vision. With the help of a camera and television monitor, those with low vision can easily read finer texts with ease. The camera focussed on the text book will reflect the image on the television screen which would be enlarged. It can enlarge text of any language as well as pictures. This device costing Rs. 28,000 is from U.S.A.

As per reports, N.I.V.H. has sent proposals to various engineering colleges to come out with similar products that could help cut down the cost and thereby reach more people.

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