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Jacques Mattheij has been engaged on a Braille show that’s reasonably priced. It’s documented on-line and it’s fascinating to see all of the variations and concepts the venture has gone by way of to the present inception.

I got here into contact with Mahmoud Al-Qudsi ([email protected]), who talked about that he’d been working off-and-on on a braille reader that’s each reasonably priced and simple to fabricate. He despatched me a some information and pointed to a patent that he took out on a tool that makes use of octagonal wheels with codes on them, 8 to a wheel, two wheels facet by facet.

His fundamental frustration stemmed from the truth that despite dust low-cost mass produced units with ridiculous precision an reasonably priced braille reader merely doesn’t exist. Units are costly, fragile and laborious to get. This prompted me (Jacques) to supply my assist and so we began mailing backwards and forwards.

The sketch that Mahmoud made confirmed promise even when it had some severe points which had been the principle cause why he by no means actually obtained it to work. He deserted the patent and appeared hopelessly caught.

Some unfastened info:

40 million blind individuals worldwide
a number of them in undeveloped nations
however even in developed nations entry to readers is proscribed


Braille letters had been outlined outdoors of a technological body of reference so (happily) ease of use by the blind trumped any form of acknowledgement of the technological affect of these definitions, which has a large impact on the convenience with which a Braille show might be constructed.

In abstract: it’s a very laborious mechanical downside. The scale of the mechanical elements is actually small and the result’s that normal (learn: low-cost) actuators all fail to fulfill the constraints positioned on dimension and placement inside the gadget. The results of that is that the Braille shows which can be obtainable are usually actually costly, with essentially the most reasonably priced at $700 for a 40 cell 8 dot show or about $2 / dot. This worth level appears to be absolutely the lowest with the overwhelming majority of the show at a good a number of of that. Intuitively it must be potential to do *a lot* higher than that.

Take a look at the attention-grabbing improvement thread right here.

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