Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Portable Eye: Ray Kurzweil's KNFB Reader Mobile

It was great fun earlier this month to have lunch with Peter Alan Smith, a John Hancock employee who is also a gadget hound. Smith showed me how he uses the KNFB Reader Mobile software on his Nokia N82 cell phone to read restaurant menus and other printed material. (Smith is legally blind... and he has also run the Boston Marathon a couple times...and raced tandem bikes.)

This excellent assistive technology is the focus of today's Globe column.

As some bonus material, here's the MP3 of my conversation with Ray Kurzweil about the Reader Mobile... and his history of developing technologies for the blind and visually impaired that eventually "trickle down" to the rest of us.

Smith has a Web site of his own.

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