A team of six women, all undergraduates at MIT, have developed a text to braille scanner which is currently serving as an avant-garde for text OCRs that more often convert written material to speech. The patent-pending gadget is yet to feature on the scanner market, but the business owners assert that they will embark on it upon graduation in the spring.
Also referred to as the Tactile project, the undertaking has involved close collaboration with the visually impaired; an approach that has facilitated a comprehension on the challenges they face. With this take, project specialists were able to discover how a text to Braille converter could assist them interpret the wording in various items ranging from product labels to personal data such as bank
statements and medical paperwork. The first archetype was presented at a hackathon conference, after which they continued working with the idea’s proponents and potential customers to further enhance the concept.