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Old 04-20-2009, 12:47 PM   #1
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Braille E-book Concept Design

Sorry if I miss this being posted. I haven't seen it yet, but Gizmodo is showing a Braille Ebook Reader concept made by Seon-Keun Park, Byung-Min Woo, Sun-Hye Woo & Jin-Sun Park using an "electroactive polymer". Exciting stuff.

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Old 04-20-2009, 01:31 PM   #2
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Oh WOW!! This isn't a joke, is it? I wonder how quickly the page turns pop up the braille?
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Is it a touchscreen?
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:02 PM   #4
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this actually is really brilliant. i believe a similar machine already existed although i can't remember any of the details.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:34 PM   #5
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this actually is really brilliant.
I think you mean brailliant
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:19 PM   #6
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I think that may be the single coolest electronic device I've ever seen. I want one, and I don't even know Braille!
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:37 PM   #8
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thanks alisa for the info ! i've made a front-page post about it linking back here.
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:38 PM   #9
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:07 PM   #10
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It is BRAILLAINT... I knew some members were holding out on info
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I've often thought about a device exactly like this. I'm glad to see someone one has taken the idea and made it real.
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:34 PM   #12
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OMG! How cool is that!
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Sweet! Current braille display devices can only display a single line, and although there has been talk of full-page displays for many years, this is the most serious proposal I've encountered.
I would like to nitpick and state that:
1. The braille in the concept image is uncontracted. Uncontracted braille is very rarely used, except by adult braille learners who first learned to read print.
2. A braille book is far more than double the size of the print edition. Ten times is probably more accurate, even if the braille is contracted.
3. The reading technique used in the concept image is that of a sighted person following a line of print with a finger. It's an inefficient and uncomfortable way to read braille. Most experienced braille readers use multiple fingers and both hands. I tend to read the first 1/3 of a line with my left hand, and the last 2/3 with my right hand while my left hand finds the beginning of the next line.
4. In the United States, less than 10% of blind people can read braille. This is partly due to an education system with an anti-braille attitude, and partly due to most blind people being adventitiously blind rather than congenitally blind.
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4. In the United States, less than 10% of blind people can read braille. This is partly due to an education system with an anti-braille attitude, and partly due to most blind people being adventitiously blind rather than congenitally blind.
They have something for folks who can't read braille. It's a Braille Interpreter glove.

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The index finger portion of the glove hosts the said tactile sensor. Skim it over the Braille surface and it sends a feed to the main device housed on the back of the glove. Over here the feeds are interpreted and beamed to the headphone via Bluetooth as voice data.

Skim-Interpret-Hear Voice; nifty enough solution for those who can’t cope with Braille.
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Oh, cool! I can see something like that being useful for diabetics who can't learn braille because of neuropathy.
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