Monday, 29 September 2014
Engineers invent Braille-enabled tablet that lets blind people read and type
Bulgarian-Austrian engineers - Ms Kristina Tsvetanova and the Slavev brothers have designed 'Blitab', a new kind of tablet for the visually impaired.
Small cylinders emerge on the screen, like little bubbles which can translate any digital text into braille, allowing 150 million of visually impaired people to read, to be informed and to communicate more easily.
The young entrepreneurs are counting on completing a marketable prototype by the end of the year. They will then seek investors so as to be able to begin production.
The price of Blitab, according to Ms Tsvetanova, will be "about €2,000 (S$3,260)", and the product will be made available to organizations supporting those who are blind and visually impaired, as well as to libraries for testing purposes.