The Students of Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) have developed a device that offers a smart way to learn braille using technology in the absence of a special educator.
IIT-Gn group of first-year undergraduate students as part of their six weeks summer program developed Sparshbhashi, a language of touch that helps differently abled learn, a gamified pad to let them learn in simulated classroom settings and a dot pad to feel the braille, under Smart Braille project.
The student have developed a prototype where there are six holes as per the braille script on the top surface of a sheet. When the user puts his/her hand or finger on it, tiny balls pop up as per the letters – giving the feel of the letter and pronouncing it. a user can also use the device to search for the letter through voice command and the letter will pop up. the device could be prepared at an estimated Rs2,000 per product.