UIST 2012 Student Innovation Contest - Team Go Bananas (Winner 2nd award for Most Useful)
Tien-Yun (Sky) Huang, Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Chun-Chieh (Michael) Feng, Boston University.
Jaturont (Kid) Jamigranont, Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
The idea of the braille reader first started when I saw this identification plate in the back of a cab. It seems to me that braille and the information mirror each other as direct translation. In an attempt to decode I mapped the letters over the configurations of the braille dots. To me this process of learning is done by using my sight to input the known information, to configure the unknown patterns. But braille is made for people without sight, how would they make the connections? The learner would have to depend on another person to generate an input for the known information, to configure the unknown patterns.
The aim is to built a stronger connection between the information and the tactile configurations. As the learner apply pressure to the embossed braille letter that they are trying to read the Braille reader automatically translate the tactile interaction into a audible feedback. This system provides a self dependent interactive learning experience, instead of depending on the tutor to tell the learner the character that they are touching the braille reader automatically provide the translation.
The system concise of two main components, one is the platform that contains the Synaptics pressure-sensitive, multi-touch touch pad that provide data for pressure and position of the touch, in a combination with an RFID reader. The second components are sets of preconfigured braille card, equipped with short range RFID to identify each card to the system and a magnet to help direct and secure the card to the platform. The physical shape of the braille cards and the platform were design with a purpose to improvise an intuitive fit.
How it works?
As the reader swipe their index finger across the embossed braille letters no the card, the system picks up the position and pressure of the touch triggering an audible output to sound. When the reader swipe across a combination of letter that makes up a words the system will detect the intention that the reader is trying to read a world and provide feedback accordingly.
Thank you; Brian Lucid & Fred Wolflink for RFID support
Edited by Jaturont (Kid) Jamigranont
Music by Floating Points "Sais"