Inspiration

To solve the problem of reading and understanding textual information in a convenient way. Something ideal for people with visual impairments and who struggle reading for things such as reading drug fact labels. It also allows you to listen to older books/text in an audio book style.

What it does

Readable allows you to listen to text from something from your camera feed. It structured in a simple and easy-to-use way, ideal for the target demographic as well as incorporating accessibility features in the HTML.

How I built it

Takes a snap of the video feed, it then runs an OCR that uses a neural network (LSTM) and outputs the text and finally Text-to-Speech script on the text to output the audio. This runs on a web app that is scalable to all devices, which makes it easy to use on mobile too.

Challenges I ran into

Hosting the server and accessing the web cam transferring image data from client to server via dataURI/blobs

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Being able to successfully integrate the OCR, front end webcam, and transferring the image locally via DataURI

What I learned

I learnt to use the tessearctOCR lib and the talkify its library, building a dynamic website, integrating all the different libraries an handling the incompatibilities between the different libs.

What's next for Readable

Increasing the resolution of the video feed can get better inputs to the OCR. So, more accurate audio

Better training data for the OCR to include more diverse fonts, vocabulary and text with lesser contrast backgrounds

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