Speech and Language Technology for Disabled Persons

Stockholm, Sweden
May 31 - June 2, 1993

A Pocket Reading Device for the Blind

Wolf-Joachim Fischer (1), Wolf Owe (1), Ulrich Kordon (2), Diane Hirschfeld (2)

(1) Fraunhofer-Institute of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems, IMS2 Dresden, Dresden, Germany
(2) Technical University Dresden, Institute of Technical Acoustics, Dresden, Germany

The Fraunhofer-Institute of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS Dresden and the TU Dresden, Institute of Technical Acoustics cooperate in the development of a portable reading device, which should be used in the area of disabled persons, especially for blinds and people with poor eyesight. The text reading is accomplished by a hand scanner. The main item is a new real-time ASIC speech processor chip, which has been developed. All speech parameters, which are necessary for the speech synthesis, have been optimized for the German language.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fischer, Wolf-Joachim / Owe, Wolf / Kordon, Ulrich / Hirschfeld, Diane (1993): "A pocket reading device for the blind", In SLTDP-93, 191-194.