6 Minute English - Digital help for blind people

Hear about digital technology which helps blind people improve their lives.

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Hello, this is 6 Minute English from BBC learning English on nail Ray Charles and Jorge Burgos all have in common tortina Greek poet Homer American singer Ray Charles and Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. I can't see much in common than you obviously didn't hold them back. I mean there was some of the greatest artist ever but I wonder how easy they would find it living and working in the modern world around. Yes, but a white cane is hardly advanced technology recently smartphone apps have been invented which dramatically improve the lives of blind people around the world on blindness in the digital age will be looking at some of these inventions 9 collectively as assistive technology that any software or equipment that helps people work around that this is

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Betty's or changes first, it's time for my quiz question to ask Gina it 1842 a technique of using fingers to feel printed Ray's Donuts was invented which allowed blind people to read that who invented it. Was it a Margaret Walker be Louis Braille or C Samuel Morse for read. So I think it's B and Louis Braille at the end of the program one remarkable feature of the latest assistive technology is its practicality smartphone apps like be my eyes allow blind uses to find lost Keys cross busy roads and even color match. They close this kind of Technology. He explains to BBC World Service program Digital Planet how his devices seat to enhance not replace the traditional white cane.

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The device is very compatible with any kind of liking someone to clip it onto any white skin. I to walk perfectly to detect the other hose in front of you and it relies on echolocation echolocation is the same technology used by bats and dolphins to detect prey and obstacles and all that you send out sound house and then one supposed of an obstacle you can tell how far do police when the chance to a white cane the digital device called Sixpence can detect obstacles objects with block your way making it difficult for you to move forward Sixth Sense. What's using echolocation a kind of ultrasound like that used by 5 to send out sound waves bounce off surrounding objects the returning Echo Show where these objects are located they can even tell what kind of object is coming up ahead be at a friend a short door or a speeding car.

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I guess being able to move around confidently way to boost people's Independence who uses assisted apps every day. His she is talking to BBC World service's Digital Planet.

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I think the more that Society sees blank people in the community at work in relationships normalizes disability. That's what we need and then people will see it as such a big deal anymore.

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Fun distinguishes between people who are blind or unable to see and those who are visually impaired experience a decreased ability to see blind people lead normal independent lives within the local communities in hopes that this will help normalize disability treat something as normal which is not been accepted as normal before being blind doesn't have to be a big deal and informal way to say something is not a serious problem see how difficult it is and how life-changing this technology can be. So what was the odds that you a quick question now is IOS Georgina who invented the system of reading with fingertips are used to feel patterns of printed raise. What did you say Georgina?

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Which was across the correct answer well done Georgina Louis Braille the inventor of a rating system, which is known worldwide simply has Braille assistive technology systems and equipment that assist people with disabilities to perform everyday functions. Let's recap the rest of the VAC Operate Now check that is in your way and blocks your movement system of ultrasound detection used by bats different from being visually impaired having a decreased ability to see whether disabling or not option of something into being accepted as normal disability is no longer a big deal. Not a big problem.

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