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Reading Helper

Finalist

Competition: Spark:Fall Concept
Designer: So-yeon Lee - Miss
Design Type: Product
Company / Organization / School: UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology)
Website: http://designpracticeresearch.com/
Team Members: Dr. James A. Self (Supervisor)

With over 30 million adults suffering from dyslexia in the United States, Reading Helper is a smart product providing the support and confidence needed for dyslexia sufferers to successfully gain literacy. Reading Helper is a smart product that helps users both develop reading skill and fluency, while providing extra vocabulary support. Reading Helper utilizes an optical scanning head to scan text and more challenging passages as and when required. The smart product then transmits the input text to the user’s mobile device application which analyzes the font through Internet data gathering. Text from the page is then converted into sound. Once this is done, the user is able to listen to the text through the personal devices speaker or headphones. To support dyslexics in their reading and vocabulary needs, Reader Helper has two modes; reading and dictionary mode. Reading mode provides the user the ability to listen to the contents of a book, article or written piece. This then provides dyslexic sufferers the support required to learn and understand more challenging phonic combinations. Dictionary mode provides users with the opportunity to instantly understand the meaning of words. Dictionary mode also provides more in-depth lexical meaning through a link to Dictonary.com.