Dr. Marco A. V. Bitetto
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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the theoretical principles underlying the operation of an analog based reading machine for the blind and why an analog based reading machine is better suited to help the blind than a purely digital approach (i.e. The computer based optical character recognition based approach that is exemplified by such iPhone and iPAD applications as “Test Detective”). To do this, the paper will discuss the experiences of a blind end user of an example analog based reading machine called the OPTACON (Optical to Tactile Conversion); along with the types of printed matter that were capable of being understood via the visual to tactile remapping process. 
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About the author

Dr. Marco Bitetto is an award winning legally blind Roboticist, science researcher and science writer. He earned his Doctoral Degree in Robotics from the Union Institute in 1994. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the State University of New York in 1991. He has done research on robotics based machine vision and also robots that are capable of learning by example. He has also written in professional journals and for laymen based science journals. Furthermore, He has delivered I.E.E.E. based research papers presentations at I.E.E.E. conferences.

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Dr. Marco A. V. Bitetto
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Oct 28, 2013
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