Digital braille accessibility for the blind made affordable by magnetic actuator technology.

Surabhi Srivastava

Inceptor Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Innovision), SINE, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai

Shraddha Sangelkar

The Pennsylvania State University, Erie, PA

The Problem:

More than 40 million blind individuals globally face numerous challenges in access to resources - both printed and digital. For centuries, Braille based on the sensation of touch, has been the only script available for the blind. The aids which support digital content access in Braille cater to less than 10% of the blind population living in developed countries due to an unaffordable price that is upwards of $3,000.

The Solution:

This project proposes the replacement of print Braille with electronic digital display using Braille cells with actuator technology-based on magnetic actuators instead of piezoelectricity. This is expected to bring down the cost of products significantly and make it affordable to a large under-served population.