We are used to seeing that endless devices constantly arise. They are accessories that have as motto novelty in front of what already exists. But what happens when science and technology join social needs? That's when Inclusive Technology is born.
Procer is a portable device designed for people with visual impairment and dyslexia, whose main function is to transform text into speech. It also reads invoices and recognizes the numbering of tickets. It should be noted that, in Argentina, 5% of the population suffers from these problems . Julián Guerrero , José Ribodino , Mariano Lescano and Manuel Diaz Ferreiro are Electronic and Computer Engineers. His masterpiece is this instrument that combined creativity and social sensitivity .
The project came up thinking how a person with visual impairment was doing to study. In research, young people found that there was no such product on the market. The resembling device was very expensive as it comes from Israel with a cost of $110,000. Against this background, they began to meet with organizations dedicated to the topic. Among them the Cordovan Union of the Blind ( UCORCI ), to obtain their opinions and begin to develop what is today the Prócer device.
At first, like any entrepreneurship, they needed external funding and received support from the National University of Córdoba. At the end of 2016 they won the Naved competition of Universidad Austral .
From Cordoba to the world
Eduardo Carrizo belongs to the Business Angel Club of the IAE , has become a partner of the SME and, from his support, the entrepreneurship took shape. “We started with a pre-sale in April/March 2017 that lasted 4 months, where we planned to sell 30-40 devices, and ended up selling 70. With that money we finance the production of the devices,” says Manuel . Today, Prócer is selling between 20 and 25 devices per month and aims to continue to grow.
They already visited Chile and passed through Spain. Its great desire is to enter these markets and bring Cordovan technology to the world .
What does Procer do and what doesn't?
The device is designed to convert printed text into speech. It does this through a scanner that glides across the sheet, the device processes it and starts reading it.
The first thing he does is discern if it is a service bill. If so, it will detect the name of the company, amount to be paid and due date.
If it is not an invoice, the device starts reading the text. It even allows to make summaries, very useful tool for students . In public universities in Argentina there are more than 4000 students with visual impairments.
- Acquire the image using a portable scanner, flash drive or camera (already built-in).
- Detect the denomination of banknotes.
- Import PDF and Word files from a flash drive.
- Extract relevant information from service invoices.
- Generate and save summaries.
- Spell words.
- Export the read text.
- Set the reading language in Spanish or English.
- Navigate the text by sheets, paragraphs, sentences, and words.
- Change reading speed.
- Battery life of 6 hours.
- No Internet connection required.
You can buy it directly at its office located in Caseros 679, 1°B, Córdoba City.
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SOURCE: Business Info
Argentina, nacida en Córdoba. Investigadora en el área de lingüística. En formación constante sobre las Letras y sobre la vida, gracias a la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Mis experiencias en viajes me llevaron a aprender cada vez más idiomas y querer conocer diversas culturas desde adentro. Pienso en la escritura como una herramienta para transformar el mundo y volverlo un espacio justo y equilibrado.