SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.
Designed a few years ago by Korean designer Jeong Yong,
it is the concept of a scanner reader for blind people. The idea was to
allow people to read non-Braille books and to avoid the costs of a
normal desktop scanner.
Napoleon commissioned Captain Charles Barbier to develop a system his soldiers could use to communicate silently in the dark. It was called ‘Night Writing,’ and was later taught to a blind student named Louis Braille. Source
University of Michigan researchers have revealed an incredible prototype technology - a braille tablet. Current designs only allow for one line of braille, but the new prototype displays full pages of text. Find out more and watch the project leader, Dr. Sile O’Modhrain, discuss the developments at BGR. Pair with our eReader cheat sheet.
Haptic Braille is a small mouse-like device designed by Baek Kil Hyun. Winner of the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2010, Haptic
Braille allows you to scan any kind of printed material, recognize the
characters through OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and translate the
words of the text in Braille readable directly on the surface of the