Finger implant: optical characterrecognition system and network transmitter; ear attachment: text-to-speech system and network receiver
Finger implant: 3/8 x 3/8 x 1/8" (1 x 1 x 0.2 cm); ear attachment: 3/16 x 5/16 x 1/8" (0.5 x 0.8 x 0.2 cm)
Looking up unfamiliar words while reading is disruptive, creating a break, however momentary, in narrative flow. The Touch Hear text-recognition dictionary (unfortunately still a concept) renders the task built-in and seamless, requiring only the scanning of a finger implant over a word or phrase to bring up related information, such as meaning and pronunciation, into a small device attached near the ear. Touch Hear explores a way for technology to enhance human capacity in an everyday activity.