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ELECTRONIC USER INTERFACE FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027653D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A device can be an add-on to existing printers in order to assist the visually impaired. An electronic device is placed over the indicator lamps that would act as a transducer for the optical output to transform it into a signal readily interpretable by someone who is visually impaired. In one embodiment, a thin plastic overlay is molded in the same shape as the printer interface. Inside the overlay would be photodetectors positioned over the existing LED displays. These photodetectors would relay the visual light information to a processor which would convert it to an audio signal. A piezoelectric beeper or voice chip would produce the appropriate audio cue to the user.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

ELECTRONIC USER INTERFACE FOR THE Proposed Classification VISUALLY IMPAIRED U. S. C1.434/116 Lonnie J. Pollocks, Jr. Int. C1. G06k 9/00 Diane S. Ives
Leonard L. Shellhammer
Timothy L. Harper
Mark S. Petrush

A device can be an add-on to existing printers in order to assist the visually impaired. An

electronic device is placed over the indicator lamps that would act as a transducer for the optical output to transform it into a signal readily interpretable by someone who is visually impaired. In one embodiment, a thin plastic overlay is molded in the same shape as the printer interface. Inside the overlay would be photodetectors positioned over the existing LED displays. These photodetectors would relay the visual light information to a processor which would convert it to an audio signal. A piezoelectric beeper or voice chip would produce the appropriate audio cue to the user.

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