Penfriend allows blind people to attach, read audio labels on objects

Posted on 20 September 2009

A revolutionary device, has been launched which allows blind people to attach and read audio labels on everyday objects, this device cost less than 60 pounds.

This device has been developed by a UK firm together with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

BBC has reported that the PenFriend uses minute barcodes, when these barcodes are scanned by a digital pen they trigger MP3 files that is recorded on the unit.

Blind people can use it to label foods and medication as well as clothing, personal documentation and film and music collections.

The PenFriend has been formed as the result of collaboration between the charity and London-based company, Mantra Lingua.

It has been exhibited in a show at the RNIB Techshare exhibition in London’s Docklands.

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