The digital revolution is here. However, the 39 million who are blind, and 246 million are visually impaired are limited by the availability and usefulness of assistive technology. These limitations contribute to an unacceptably high unemployment rate.
Also, the joy of art is, at times, beyond their grasp. But that is about to change.
PLEASE ENJOY THIS PREVIEW OF THE TOUCHPAD PRO
Accessibility description of the TouchPad Pro device at bottom of home page. (BEST IN FULL SCREEN)
Accessibility description of the Video: 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.,
A portion of all sales will go toward making the TouchPad Pro more available for those who are unable to afford it.
THOSE WHO ARE BLIND AND WITH LOW VISION WILL:
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 combined with tactile graphics offer a rich set of possibilities. In addition to a tactile experience, the TouchPad Pro will allow people with visually impairments to see drawings or images come to life in bright, colorful illuminated illustrations that they can experience in a multi-sensory way.
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.
One thing that some creators of modern devices seem to lack in understanding is how blind people create and FEEL something simultaneously. Two hands are used most of the time, not one. For example, as a person who is visually impaired 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 with two hands. Nor can one feel what one creates while having to hold 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 blind and visually-impaired 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.
Braille literature is available in a limited way. The visually-impaired person requires either huge Braille books or the newest, and extremely expensive, electronic devices that offer refresh-able Braille one line at a time. Imagine reading Harry Potter or Gone With the Wind 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.
Accessibility description - 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 visually-impaired people to compete in a world dominated by math, science, and technology. The inability to see graphs, charts, diagrams, illustrations, and limited accessible technology only increases the gap between those who are visually impaired and those who are not.
Accessibility description - 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 RAPIDLY GROWING MARKET
“Visual impairment, blindness cases in U.S. expected to double by 2050” - National Institute of Health
Market Research Report 1
“Assistive technology for visually impaired market is said to reach $6,979.5 million by 2026 from $3,497.5 million in 2017 at a compound annual growth rate CAGR of 8%” -Credence Research
Market Research Report 2
“The global assistive technologies for visually impaired market was valued at US$ 3,400.0 Mn in 2017 and is anticipated to reach US$ 7,100.0 Mn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2018 to 2026.”
“North America accounted for 40.0% share of the global market in 2017.” -Transparency Market Research
WHY THE GROWTH IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY?
The current generations of people are living longer lives. Nearly 27 million American adults have low vision or blindness. As baby boomers age, those numbers are expected to skyrocket. This generation is also heavily reliant on technology. So, it is more imporatant than ever to make technology more accessible.
Accessibility description of the TouchPad Pro
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!