Man with dyslexia develops new mobile device to help people with learning disabilities

Americas, September 6 2011

Ben Foss was diagnosed with dyslexia as a young child and struggled with learning disabilities through high school and college, always depending on others to read to him or taking long amounts of time to read the text himself.

In graduate school, he relied on prerecorded audio content or he had to wait for school resources to scan course materials and run text-to-speech conversions, making it difficult for him to keep up with his class work.

Now a technologist at Intel, Foss has designed a new mobile handheld device that converts printed text to digital text, and then reads it aloud to people with learning disabilities just like him.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Foss’s story and demonstrates how the device works on American Morning.


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