Originally posted by _Joy_:
Nash, it is a great device, but wouldn't it be a little embarrassing? Picture this. You are checking out with a line of people behind you and this voice has to announce the amount of each bill you hand the clerk.
I don't think this only a problem for those born blind. There are many legally blind people for different reasons (accidents, diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, vitamin A deficiency). About 1.3 million Americans fall into the catagory of "legally blind". Approximately 135 out of 1000 people over the age of 65 are considered legally blind.
This would help many people, Americans who should be given the right to use the currency in the country where they pay taxes.
Headphones. Everyone wears them with iPods these days, no one would notice that.
There is also a folding method, something about folding the corners on different bills so they can tell what they are. A $1 has four corners folded, a $5 has 3, $10 has 2, and so on. There are ways to adapt rather than force the government to spend billions by completely changing our system.