Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Death

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Death

Article excerpt

James C. Bliss, a pioneer in the development of technology for people who are visually impaired and cofounder of Telesensory Systems, died recently. Hailing from Texas, Dr. Bliss spent his formative years studying electrical engineering; he earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, a master's degree from Stanford University, and a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his engineering career at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California. While working as an associate professor at Stanford University, he collaborated with colleague and Professor John Linviii to develop a reading machine for Dr. Linvill's daughter, Candy, who was blind. After several years of development, the result was a portable reading system called the Optacon, which used a camera to scan printed text and generate tactile images of the print letters with an array of rods.

In 1971, Dr. Bliss cofounded Telesensory Systems to manufacture and disseminate the Optacon, as well as other products and technologies, including speech synthesis, for people with visual impairments. …

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