About the project:
Problem: Braille is the primary reading method for the almost 300 million people worldwide with visual impairments. Braille literacy is strongly correlated with higher employment rates for the visibly impaired, allowing them to read and understand text that would otherwise be inaccessible to them and limit their opportunities. Despite the importance of braille for the visually impaired, braille displays have lagged behind other feedback methods in being incorporated with technology. While there have been some attempts to create braille displays, the current solutions are bulky and overly expensive, making them inaccessible to the majority of blind users who must instead rely on screen readers which are slow and noisy. Blind users are still waiting for a fast, discreet way to read information from their phone and the web.
Solution: Braille Sol works by using a physical interface representing a single braille character which connects to your phone through bluetooth, using only cheap, basic electronic components. As the user scrolls through words braille characters are raised up one by one at the user’s speed, allowing them to go back, reread, and understand text at their own pace. The software and specifications for the Braille Sol will be open-sourced, allowing people all over the world to build their own with standard off-the-shelf electronics.