The Right to an Inclusive and Equal Education
The Right to a Career
The Right to Access Technology
The Right to Experience and Create Art
The Right to Learn and Use Braille Anywhere
It is the mission of TouchPad Pro Assistive Technolog, LLC to help insure these rights.
We are creating devices that will change the entire landscape of assistive technology.
Introducing: The BrailleDoodle, The Braille Cloud, and The TouchPad Pro.
PLEASE ENJOY THIS PREVIEW OF THE TOUCHPAD PRO
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Video description for the blind: The video is a fast-moving visual tour of the TouchPad Pro, its features and some of the technology currently available to demonstrate feasibility. The video was created by working closely with a talented 3-D artist. Although the video is geared to people with vision or with some vision, everything in the video regarding the TouchPad Pro is also described on this website. Adhe video also demonstrates current advances in this area in The Graphiti, by APH and Orbit described at this link, http://www.orbitresearch.com/product/tactile-products/graphiti/ , a haptic display developed be EPFL described here: https://lmts.epfl.ch/cms/site/lmts/lang/en/haptics_EM, and a tactile display made in Japan called Tactisplay Corp.,
At an estimated list price of under $50, the BrailleDoodle will serve as a braille teaching tool. It will also enable the making of tactile drawings. Click here BrailleDoodle for more information.
The Braille Cloud
An attractive and fun cloud shape with rounded sides. From beginner letters and phonics to more advanced reading and writing, the Braille Cloud will offer a way for the autonomous learning of braille.
Click here BRAILLE CLOUD for more information.
COMING SOON - The Braille Cloud 2.0 -
Autonomous Braille Instruction for Adults
The TouchPad Pro
THOSE WHO ARE BLIND AND LOW-VISION WILL:
- Experience illustrations, graphs, 3D photographs, and selfies.
- Read and write anywhere with up to 14 lines of Braille.
- Navigate the Internet like never before.
- View, feel and zoom in on full-color tactile display.
- Use a specialized stylus to instantly create, touch, and save tactile drawings with multi-sensory feedback.
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Helping Those With Low Vision
There is little in the field of assistive technology, other than magnifiers, to meet the needs of people with limited vision. Enhanced visual imaging with bright, colorful illuminated illustrations combined with tactile graphics offer a rich set of possibilities. Multi-sensory experiences are always preferred.
on the TouchPad Pro
on the TouchPad Pro
The TouchPad Pro will bring the world of art to millions of people. With the TouchPad Pro, one can experience a piece like Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night in a whole new way. Imagine being able to touch the stars, the moon, the wind, and the trees.
Some creators of modern devices seem to lack in understanding how blind people create and FEEL something simultaneously. Two hands are used most of the time, not one. For example, as a person with low vision is embossing, they would draw with one hand and feel the lines with the other. Existing touch-screen surfaces do not allow for drawing with two hands. Nor can one feel what one creates while holding down a button with one hand to draw with the other.
On the TouchPad Pro, the electronic, specialized stylus will combine with a tactile display to provide people with a new way to create art. A dedicated stylus allows the user to create, touch, and save tactile drawings with instant multi-sensory feedback. The user can also alter illustrations, charts, and graphs with ease. An artist may press programmable buttons on the stylus to change the input to "eraser mode" to eliminate parts of the drawing or switch from creating curved lines to straight lines and from rectangles to circles.
Increadible Advancements In Reading and Writing
Braille literature is available in a limited way. There are either huge Braille books or the newest, and extremely expensive, electronic devices that offer refresh-able Braille one line at a time. Imagine reading the Harry Potter Series one line at a time?
With the touch of a button, the TouchPad Pro can display multiple lines of Braille. Also, the display can even take the shape of a touch-sensitive braille keyboard, instantly transforming the Touch-Pad Pro into an advanced writing or note-taking device with multiple lines of Braille on the large display.
Picture description for the Blind - Pictured above on the left is the TouchPad Pro with 12 lines of braille on the display. On the right is 7 lines of braille with a braille keyboard rising up from the device.
Science, Technology and Math (STEM)
It is difficult for the blind or people with low vision to compete in a world dominated by math, science, and technology. The inability to see graphs, charts, diagrams, and illustrations only increases the gap between those who have vision and those who do not.
Picture description for the blind - Pictured here is the TouchPad Pro with a labeled diagram of a cell and it interior parts or organelles. Parts like the Nucleus, the DNA, the Ribosomes are formed with lined drawings and labeled in Braille.
A portion of all eventual profits will make these technologies available for those who may not be able to afford them.
"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrote in our life, or in the life of another." - Helen Keller
Picture description for the blind
Pictured here is a top view of the TouchPad Pro. The tablet resembles a large iPad turned on its side horizontally. The majority of the surface is made up of over 2000 pins that raise and lower to different heights to form tactile images, multiple lines of braille or a touch-sensitive Braille keyboard. It is called a tactile and visual display because the pins contain characteristics that make them light up in various colors. Pictured drawing a bright blue line on the display is an electronically connected stylus, resembling a fat pen. Buttons on the stylus allow it to change instantly from drawing to erasing and may have other functions like shape-making. Above the display is a full line of refreshable braille cells like that of a BrailleNote. To either side of the line of braille cells are stereo speakers. Above the tactile display and line of braille, at 12 o'clock is a front-facing multi-Lens 3D camera and microphone. At 6 o'clock, below the display is a home button and power button. In the left-hand corner is a scrolling and selecting device. To the left side of the display are 9 buttons with refreshable Braille indicators that can serve different functions.
The following is pictured on the features page: Along the left edge of the TouchPad Pro are 2 USB ports, a mini-USB port and a headphone jack. On the top edge is a stylus storage place, and a power Jack. On the right edge, there are 3 rocking buttons including a brightness adjustment, a contrast adjustment, a saturation adjustment so people with visual impairments can adjust the screen to best suite their needs. Centered on the back of the device is an LED Flash, a front-facing multi-lens 3D camera and a microphone. The TouchPad Pro will be able to take stills or moving images and change them in to tactile images on the screen. Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions!