People with impaired vision may soon be able to immediately read books, magazines, menus, and computer screens, thanks to an audio reading device being created by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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The FingerReader prototype was made with a 3D printer, and is worn like a ring on the index finger. A tiny camera inside the FingerReader scans text, and a synthesized voice reads the words. Software tracks the finger movements, and the FingerReader will vibrate if a person goes off the page. "It's like reading with the tip of your finger and it's a lot more flexible, a lot more immediate than any solution that they have right now," Pattie Maes, an MIT professor who founded the research group working on the device, told The Associated Press.
Scientists have spent three years on software coding and trying out different designs, but the FingerReader still needs to be able to work on touch screens. There's a potential market of 11.2 million people in the United States with vision impairment, including 62-year-old Jerry Berrier. Born blind, Berrier says he would like to use the FingerReader to scan medical papers and other important documents. "Everywhere we go, for folks who are sighted, there are things that inform us about the products that we are about to interact with," he said to The Associated Press. "I wanna be able to interact with those same products, regardless of how I have to do it." Catherine Garcia
The civilian death toll in the Syrian province of Aleppo has risen to 52, including seven children.
The British-based Observatory for Human Rights announced the figures on Saturday, saying a U.S. air raid on Friday had accidentally struck civilians in a village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. According to the Observatory's report, the attack killed members of at least six families.
— RT (@RT_com) May 2, 2015
Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the observatory, told Reuters that Friday's death toll marks the highest civilian loss from a single attack by U.S. and Arab forces since they began air strikes against Islamic militant groups, including ISIS, in Syria. Reuters notes that before Friday's attack, U.S.-led strikes had killed at least 66 Syrian civilians since Sept. 23. The new attack brings the civilian death toll to at least 118. The U.S. military did not confirm the Observatory's report but said it would look into the situation. Meghan DeMaria
Floyd Mayweather Jr. won Saturday night's "Fight of the Century" in a unanimous judges' decision, but not everyone agreed with the result.
"I thought I won the fight," Manny Pacquiao said after the match. According to Pacquiao, Mayweather was "moving around" during the fight, and "he didn't do nothing."
Mayweather, meanwhile, called Pacquiao a "hell of a fighter." "I tip my hat off to Manny Pacquiao, now I see why he's one of the guys that's at the pinnacle in the sport of boxing," Mayweather said. Meghan DeMaria
After beating Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced that he'll soon be hanging up his gloves.
"My last fight is in September, then it's time for me to hang it up," Mayweather said during the post-fight broadcast. "You know, I'm almost 40 years old now, I've been in the sport 19 years, I've been world champion for 18 years, and I'm truly, truly thankful, and I'm blessed."
Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains undefeated.
In a unanimous decision from three judges, Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, winning the welterweight title in the "Fight of the Century." Two of the judges scored the match 116-112, and a third judge scored it 118-110, all in Mayweather's favor. The victory brings Mayweather's record to 48-0.
Pre-race favorite American Pharoah proved a safe choice on Saturday night at Churchill Downs in Louisville, winning the 141st Kentucky Derby in impressive, down-to-the-wire fashion. Dortmund finished second, followed by Firing Line and Carpe Diem, Sports Illustrated reports.
American Pharoah was guided by jockey Victor Espinoza, who also won the Derby last year, atop California Chrome. Next up is the Preakness Stakes on May 16, the second stop in the quest for a Triple Crown, which was last won by Affirmed in 1978. Sarah Eberspacher
A march originally billed as a protest became a "victory rally" in Baltimore on Saturday afternoon, The Associated Press reports. Thousands gathered and marched in celebration of Friday's announcement by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that 25-year-old Freddie Gray's death while in police custody was a homicide, and that six police officers involved would be charged with felonies. The six charged officers will appear in court later in May; a lawyer hired by the police union says Mosby made "an egregious rush to judgment" and that the officers did nothing wrong.
"It's going to be a long road," one marcher told AP. "Nothing is going to happen overnight."
Below, images of those gathered in Baltimore. —Sarah Eberspacher
Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died suddenly at age 47 on Friday night, his brother Robert Goldberg announced Saturday on Facebook.
"It's with incredible shock and sadness that I'm letting our friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave Goldberg…passed away suddenly last night," he wrote, as reported by Variety.
No cause of death was immediately announced. Goldberg founded LAUNCH Media Inc., in 1994, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2001. He came on board as CEO with SurveyMonkey in 2009. Goldberg met his wife Sheryl Sandberg in 1996, and the couple married in 2004. Sarah Eberspacher