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Divya Nayan: CSIR’ Gift For The Visually Impaired

10 Feb 2017

The gift of sight is God-given. CSIR-CSIO team has developed “Divya Nayan”, a personal reading machine for visually impaired to access printed or electronic textual information. The device is useful for the targeted disability group for accessing printed and digital information. This will help to read out printed or electronic document without the help of any volunteer and hence in turn will help in their education and employment. The device is based on the principle of contact scanning of a printed document and converting it to speech. It is a standalone, portable and completely wireless. The device can analyse a multicolumn document and provide seamless reading. It is capable of page, text, and word level navigation while reading.

The device currently, has support for speaking Hindi and English, but it can be further configured to other Indian and foreign languages. It is equipped with 32 GB internal storage, wireless communication feature (i.e Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and weighs less than half a gram.  A provision is also integrated to facilitate the connection of the device through internet over Wi-Fi. Facility is provided to store and organise the scanned or digital documents for later use. USB connectivity is provided to read and store electronic documents, such as text, word or pdf files. It has inbuilt rechargeable battery which can last upto three hours.

No such portable and multifunctional reading machine exists around the globe; however, a bulky expensive and foreign languages supported machines is available.

The successful trials of Divya Nayan are conducted at various institutes and NGO’s, which indicate huge demand of this device. Different working models of Divya Nayan aid the visually impaired. The feedback received from various tests has been incorporated in the device to make it more user-friendly.

Divya Nayan is indeed bestowing the gift of sight to the sightless and has great promise to light up their world.

{Feature has been uploaded by CSIR (Unit for Science Dissemination), Ministry of Science & Technology, New Delhi}.

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