Karaoke for blind people

A karaoke sing-along machine for the blind, the first of its kind in the world, has been developed in Japan.

A Tokyo-based venture business and a karaoke equipment maker jointly developed the machine.

When a song begins, a personal computer connected to the karaoke machine translates the lyrics into Braille, and sends them to a special display attached to the PC.

Up to 40 Braille characters appear on the display slightly ahead of the music, to make it easier for the singer to follow the lyrics.

A karaoke fan that tried the machine said he would now be able to sing more songs, because he would no longer have to memorize the full lyrics or carry around lyrics in Braille. The machine will soon be on sale for commercial use, such as in karaoke boxes.
br> Click this link to watch the braille karaoke in action.

For more information, contact: Nippon Telesoft, Co., Ltd
Hanzoumon MK Bud., 1F, 1-8-1 Koujimachi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
102-0083, Tokyo, Japan.
Phone: +813-3264-0800 Fax: +813-3264-0880
Email: ts-info@telesoft.co.jp
Web: http://www.nippontelesoft.com/english/karaoke.htm

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