I was intrigued to learn about the group's new project, a text to Braille reader(TTB?). I am unable to attend the meetings on Thursdays, but I was hoping someone might share a brief description of the project? Also, with Text to Speech (TTS) is braille still very popular?
Here's a few ideas I'd like to share:
1) Use heat instead of physical bumps
It might be possible to create a resistive matrix to simulate heated bumps on a page. Might take some getting use to, but it could be possible to represent an entire physical page.
2) Create a single set of 6 bumps integrated into the tip of a glove. As the glove moves across a touch pad (representing a page), the bumps change. Not sure how to make mechanical bumps in a small space... Anyone know nanotechnologist? :-) From 2025? Maybe a plastic that deforms with heat, or muscle wire?
3) Can most blind people still see remnants of light/dark areas? If so, could dark goggles project white spots that simulate braille dots? Like in #2, a touch pad could direct the display of the dots.
This is a truly fascinating project. I'd love to hear others' ideas!
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