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Friday, November 20, 2009



Like many other visually impaired people, Rieko Nakayama enjoys belting out a few songs at karaoke. However, the 40-year-old homemaker was limited in what songs she could sing because she could not see the lyrics on the screens of the karaoke machines, and always lagged behind others in her singing.

Nippon Telesoft Co. has solved this problem. They developed Braille karaoke software that translates the words of the lyrics on the screen and sends the data to a Braille pin device. Pins on the device move up and down to form the words of the song in Braille, slightly ahead of the melody. The visually impaired singers read the words with their fingers and are therefore able to sing in harmony with the music.

"Now I can sing without falling behind," rejoices Nakayama.

The software makes it possible to transcribe about 100,000 songs on the Joy Sound System into Braille.

Source: Yomiuri News, A. Nakamura, 2008-06-28

Visually impaired people can experience a bright future of joy with Jesus Christ.

And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
(Isaiah 29:18,19).

Spiritually blind people, after a lifetime in gloom and darkness can obtain sight, when they fix their gaze on Jesus, who is the Creator of all light! Seeing the true Light, they will be able to laugh and dance for joy, whatever their circumstances might have been!

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