This simple yet smart technology could help several different areas of society read with greater ease and independence.
Springwise have spotted various innovations in recent times that focus on streamlining education processes. Developers created a new font that aids memory loss to improve revision efficiency. A streaming service also offered students cheaper access to textbooks. Now a group of Chinese students have invented a new way to help students read their books.
The group of five students demonstrated their intuitive page-turning technology at Changchun University of Science and Technology. The user wears a headband device connected to a physical page-turner. The device uses brain-sensing technology to identify when the user is blinking. This then sends a signal to the page-flipping receiver via Bluetooth. In so doing, books can be turned intuitively and with no movement from the user. Not only would this allow far faster reading times, it would also improve accessibility. Those with physical disabilities that inhibit movement would be able to read unassisted.
The device itself is simple in design and therefore inexpensive. The inventors believe it could help disabled students, the elderly, or even those in the music industry. Conductors and pianists also often need to turn pages whilst their hands are engaged. There are various industries in which such technology could be a key advantage.
The students’ technology is still under development but they have high hopes. Minor issues need some fine-tuning after initial consumer tests. Some feedback revealed that a flaw could be that readers would not be able to blink until they had finished the page. Further developments could see this innovation improve even further.