Tagged: Braille

Blitab braille tablet for visually-impaired will soon be in your hands

Blitab braille tablet

Blitab Technology, an Austrian startup has been working for quite some time on its innovative tablet for the blind which is more of a modern braille. In fact it is the perfect combination of a tablet and braille which aims to make life easier for the visually impaired. After showing off their initial iteration of the Blitab quite a few months ago, the team at Blitab has come up with a better version.
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Braille smartwatch keeps blind people connected with loved ones

Dot Braille smartwatch

Technology is helping visually-impaired people get a new lease of life and researchers are working hard to integrate various gadgets to achieve the needed. In a new development South Korea’s tech developer Dot has come-up with a braille smartwatch which opens-up a new way to access information for blind people. Unlike the conventional smartwatches, this wearable has an array of physical dots that make-up four characters of a word at a time.
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Blitab braille tablet brings new ray of hope for visually-impaired people

Blitab braille tablet

Here we have the world’s first braille tablet that uses liquid-based technology to map out any kind of letters, graphics, geometric figures or other content that is important to the visually-impaired. This new kind of tablet comes from an Austria-based startup Blitab Technology that is looking to revolutionize the market with its innovative gadgets that are helpful and simple to use for blind people. At the end of the day it is all about developing products that appeal to the end-user and have practical utility. That is exactly what Blitab is working on.
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Braille Rubik’s cube has 3D printed numbered tiles for unstoppable fun

3D printed braille Rubiks cube

There are many interesting records being set with Rubik’s Cube, but all that means nothing for a visually impaired person as it is just a cubical shaped object that they can hold. Do they deserve to experience what can be done with a Rubik’s Cube? Most definitely, yes. Instructables user [liquidwash] though along the same lines, and therefore put up his DIY project about a 3D printed Braille Rubik’s Cube.
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Project Mudra – Raspberry Pi powered speech to Braille character converter

Braille Dicta Teacher PyCon 2014 by Aman Srivastav Sanskriti Dawle

The best implementation of technology is when an intuitive mind churns up an idea to improve the life of disabled people. And it’s even more hearting when young minds come up with such brilliant ideas and implement them to make something good. 20 year old Aman Srivastav, who got the chance to tinker around with Raspberry Pi during a workshop at BITs Goa, decided to make a device that makes learning Braille easier for blind people. With help from his friend Sanskriti Dawle, both these intuitive minds figured out a way to convert voice input into Braille characters using Google’s speech API and Raspberry Pi.
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Anagraphs – Electronic Braille reader that hooks on to mobile devices

Anagraphs electronic Braille reader

Life can be very difficult for blind people and although there are devices like braille to assist them in reading, they come at big cost which is not within reach of common people. To help blind people in getting the technological upgrade; a team involving researchers from Fraunhofer Institute of Photonic Microsystems, Germany along with private companies including C.K. Productions, Innora, and Hobart Lasers are developing a next generation reading device. Called Anagraphs, this device brings all the digital content available on e-readers, tablets or computers to blind and sight-impaired users.
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DIYer ingeniously creates the Braille Smartphone with 3D printed case

Braille Smartphone

The spark of inspiration is ignited in various manners; some when faced with familiar situations, and some coming indirectly from our daily dose of media absorption. Well, Anandghan Waghmare had his brainstorm from the later, when watching a TV show about people with disabilities. And, he went on to design a fully working DIY smartphone that is specifically tailored to blind people. Dubbed simply as the Braille Smartphone, the innovative contrivance doesn’t depend on any kind of voice support. Staying true to its name, the mobile device is rather based solely on the Braille, which is a special tactile writing system for visually impaired people.

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Touchscreen Braille Phone for blind people developed by Indian student

Touchscreen Braille Phone  by Sumit Dagar

Tactile mobile phone concept by Peter Lau is quite intuitive and taking a huge leap forward from the concept stage an Indian post graduate student Sumit Dagar from the National Institute of Design (NID) has made his own version of a smartphone for blind. Deemed as the world’s first smartphone for blind and visually impaired users, Braille Phone is based on a never before seen haptic touchscreen that has components that can elevate and depress to create patterns that can be read by the blind just like a braille. To represent the character or letter the phone’s screen has grid of pins that move up or down. The basic concept of this smartphone is based on the Shape Memory Alloy technology that expands and contracts to the original shape after use.

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