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By feeling a special screen the blind can enjoy the wonders of the internet too.
Non-Visual TV Screen
Similar, but no OCR. [jutta, Aug 25 2001]
(?) Technology Overview
Magnification, Text-to-Speech, Braille Terminals. [jutta, Aug 25 2001]
||Baked-ish. It's not exactly a monitor, but there is already in existence a computer output device that presents one or more lines of braille at a time. It has a hard, flat surface with a matrix of holes drilled in it where the bumps would be. Each hole has a piston that can rise to a level slightly above the surrounding surface, thereby creating a bump. I remember reading about these devices in an IEEE student publication (was it _Potentials_ magazine?) a while back.
||There are also "screen scraper" programs linked to text-to-speech converters designed to help the blind interact with computers.
||Your idea is not original, but kudos for wanting to help those with disabilities to overcome them.