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How Do The Blind Identify Money?

I am looking for information on how the totally blind person identifies different money denominations. I understand that folding bills based on the denomination is one way to identify money, and size & shape of coins helps to identify coins, but are there more ways that I need to know about that do not include assistive devices? Any information would be appreciated...thanks!

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Here is the United States of America, we do not have a way to independently tell the difference between different denominations of paper currency. New bills are being printed that have large numbers and high contrast for those with some usable vision, but there is no way to tell the bills apart by touch.

In Canada they are rolling-out a new paper currency that embosses a select number of Braille cells for each denomination. In Australia each bill is of a different length and the blind people down-under use a small plastic card device to measure against and therefore can find out the denomination.
Here is the United States of America, we do not have a way to independently tell the difference between different denominations of paper currency. New bills are being printed that have large numbers and high contrast for those with some usable vision, but there is no way to tell the bills apart by touch.

In Canada they are rolling-out a new paper currency that embosses a select number of Braille cells for each denomination. In Australia each bill is of a different length and the blind people down-under use a small plastic card device to measure against and therefore can find out the denomination.


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We have a scanner. where if you scan it in, and its connected to a computer that has jfw 3.3. [jaws for windows]. It will tell you whether this is a 1, 5, 10, or 20.


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All the ways that you already know is all I know. I have been a Maryland Blind Vendor for 11 years and this is always the general public question. I have learned that while running the register and a customer says he handed me a Ten and I am in question, I raise the bill in the air and say out loud "this is a Ten Right?" usualy everyone around says yes, there has only been one time when I did not get an answer.. so you see you know how to tell but it comes with experiancewhaen running a register...


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my husband and I were in a store and he asked me what bill he was holding up and the clerk asked why he couldnt tell the bills apart just by feel. (he has only been blind for a few months) Apparently the clerk has a customer who is blind and can tell the bills apart by just touching them. (we live in the U.S.) My husband hasnt figured it out yet but something tells me that he will, eventually.


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Try folding them differenty.


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There was one site...was it perhaps maxi-aids? that sells a little plastic device that you can put on your keychain...it has different areas with the different numbers of the denominations, and you put the corner of your bill in, press down, and it embosses the braille on the bill. I think it's extra-nifty, and IMO might be the easiest way to tell the difference (no having to remember how you fold different bills, plus you can keep all of your bills flat which has to be easier for keeping them in a wallet). If I'm ever VI (or know someone who is), I'm definitely getting one for myself (or my friend, if that's the case)...


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well if the money has brail on it then yes they can tell them appart. you can tell the size of the coins so i guss thats how you do it with money


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Do what Ray Charles did all his life, deal in SINGLES. "Gimme $50; and count 'em out in singles". Hey, who's gonna slip him a ten?


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This controversay has gone on for too long. The US could easily add a simple Roman Numeral to the its paper money, stragegically punched into the paper, in different locations depending on the currency value. The 1 dollar bill could have the letter "I" in the upper left and upper right corners, the five could have a "V" in diagonal corners, the ten could have "X" in the upper left corner, the twenty could have two "X's" at the center top edge, the fifty could have "L" placed say 2/3 from right top side & 2/3 from left top side, and the hundred could have the letter "C" at the center top edge and center bottom edge. By locating the punched letters in strategic positions, it prevents an amateur from punching in false letters into smaller bills. For example, a twenty cannot be created from a one because the trained blind person knows the twenty has two "X's" at the top center edge, and does not also have the "I" at the corners. The automatic currency readers would not be affected by these small letters. The US mint could easily accomodate this change with an additional "punching" step to the money-printing process.


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Electronic devices are available to help blind people differentiate between bills.


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I understand there is a method for the blind to fold currency of different denominations in specific ways. Does anyone know what the specifics of folding currency is?


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I think some one should invest in producing a electronic money reader we have the techknology so why waste millions on tring to change the current currency


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Hi. My name is Guilherme Stiebler, I'm from Brazil. I have developed a software for cell phones that takes a picture of a money paper, and "speaks" the value of the money. It is adapted for Real, which is the currency in Brazil. We're studying adapt the software for other currencies in the world. If you're interested, please send e-mail to software.tiopatinhas@gmail.com.


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Hello,

I am an inventor of different products and for some reason I was thinking of this exact concept just the other day. Although I am not blind how would I present such a product?

Mark Lipski: Inventor


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I am in favor of the government modifying bills, because people with hearing or vision loss already spend lots of money on devices used for communication, whether it be a brailler, an embosser, a TTY, or a braille TTY. There's also the cost of hearing aids and dog supplies/vet bills (for those with dogs), screen readers, large visual displays. The list goes on and on! Frankly, I've spent way too much money on communications devices for the deaf/hard-of-hearing, and recently dropped a wad on a netbook so I can communicate with non-signers when I can't voice. Punched money sounds like a great idea!


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1sJyeu8h_I


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Hi Cyndie,

Thanks for your great question, very interested in this subject as well.

http://theultimatebowlingguide.com/


Review of the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier by Orbit Research.




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Hello, Glitch here,

After reading all the helpful and interesting response here regarding various ways of how the blind identify US currency, I felt that it would do a little good if I were to add in my two cents worth. Smiley! :)

Since very early this year, I had placed the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier in my personal wish list waiting to be purchased and given a happy home. I recently purchased not one, but two units for this coming Christmas. I've been using mine ever since I received it, but my step-son doesn't know that I got one for him yet. And don't tell him. It would ruin the surprise. WinkingSmiley! ;)

The reason why I had delayed on the iBill purchase is simple; the method I have been using ever since my vision got worse had been working okay. This method was pretty much money folding of course, but before I folded the bills, I would go around the house and find either a bright patch of sunlight or a lamp to figure out what each bill was before committing the bills to their origami fate. This would happen when I had some time on my hands and feeling motivated, but more often than not, I would just play the "Which Bill Is This" game with my friends or sweetheart and then fold my bills accordingly. Of course, people never minded doing this, but it sometimes made me feel like I wasn't doing things the best way possible. In hindsight, I now think how much time and effort was wasted in doing things the old way.

As for my iBill review, I have to give it a 4.5 because I am a firm believer that anything can get better. There are three different feedback modes, but I especially love the vibration mode as it gives me quiet feedback on what bill I stick into the device. It is also extremely smaller than other bill identifiers I've seen, but it could stand to be even thinner. This isn't to say that the iBill is thick. It just means that I think it would be even more impressive if it were made thinner. As for the ease of use, it is really simple with only two buttons. Press either one of these buttons with a section of bill inserted in the device to get the result in less than a second, and press both at the same time to cycle through the different feedback modes. It is solidly built, small enough to sit next to my Nokia cell phone in my pocket, discreet, and very affordable. Definitely 4.5!

The kick that I first got from the device was during swing dancing. After paying my way downstairs, I shoved the change into my pocket and headed upstairs to meet with some friends. After a few rounds of dancing with girls that were dressed up for the costume contest, I sat down to take a break and to go for some refreshments. Instead of asking for a friend to play the "What Bill Is This" game, I took out my iBill and went through the unidentified change in my pocket and then folded my money. The place was pretty loud and dark, and the vibration mode really came through for me! HugeSmiley! :D

Alright, with all that said, below are a few links. The first is the link to the company that makes the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier. The second link leads directly to the iBill Demo podcast located off of the Blind Cool Tech website. And the third and last link is to the Blind Cool Tech website itself.
Enjoy.

Orbit Research, iBill Talking Banknote Identifier
http://www.orbitresearch.com/
Note: I had some trouble using my screen reader to fill out some fields of the order form. My sweetheart had to step in and rescue me for a change! Smiley! :)

Direct link to iBill Demo by Ron Graham
http://media.libsyn.com/media/bct/bct1414iBillDemo...
Tagline: "proclaims that there is finally a low priced, accurate, small money identifier that is easy to use and flexible. The iBill from Orbit Research is full of features including speaking, tones, and vibrating, so it is possible to identify bills in a noisy environment, and it is small enough to easily carry with you..."

Podcast found at Blind Cool Tech Podcast at:
http://www.blindcooltech.com/


Alright, best regards,
Glitch


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Is there anyway to actually feel the quality of the bills, I know that a lot of people simply feel the bill between their thumb and indexfinger


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I would love some more details if anyone knows how the folding currency trick works. http://sovereigns.net/


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Thare are a few ways. The most comman that I know of is folding the bills. Another way is to put them in order of what amount you have. The next way is their are braille money labers that u can braille on the money. The next way is a portable money reader like the Ibill and more


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I use a debit card rather than greenbacks.
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Don
www.theblind.us/
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I have a money id softare in my cell phone.
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Don
http://theblind.us/


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