'Bridge' Concept Can Turn Anything Into Braille

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

This conceptual design is the work of Chinese company, Togo. It is a device that can scan text in books, magazine, etc and instantly turn it into Braille to be read by the individual. It can also save the Braille-converted text for future reading (and pirating at the library).

The braille screen works with electromagnetic or piezoelectric principles. When the current or voltage goes through every array of six stitches, the resulting rise and decline gives birth to braille. The product scans the original printed matter, then translates the images into analog electrical signals with an optical-to-electrical transducer. Finally, it translates the analog electrical signal into a digital signal.


That is one hell of a device, if it ever actually comes out. Now if only we could replicate the feeling of looking at a good porno magazine for the blind...

blind reader-translate letter to Braille - "bridge" [Via SCI FI, Yanko]

P.S. Welcome back, YankoDesign. Yanko is a favorite design blog of mine that had been on hiatus for a couple months, but is now back in full force.

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The pictures do not show this person feeling the Braille, just moving the device around. Braille comes in two levels, Grade 1 which is a 1 to 1 translation, and Grade 2 (the more common) that uses contractions. If this actually gets made, it might help spread Braille literacy. (Less than 10% of the legally blind use Braille today.)

Current stand alone pen scanners are way under powered and very slow, so if somebody picks this up it may also lead to a portable high speed text-to-speech screen reader for those with limited sight or perceptual or processing disabilities.

This is a very cool design and a neat idea.