TouchPad Pro Assistive Technology 

Technology for Blindness and Low-Vision, Reimanaged! 

Video description- The video is a fast-moving visual tour of a realistic 3D redering 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. Additionally, the 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., Back to Home Page click HERE


Image description 1. The BrailleDoodle -  - Pictured here is a device about the size of an iPad only it is made in hard teal plastic. There is an array of hundreds of holes, placed tightly together, that covers the surface. Each hole contains a tiny element that can be pulled to the surface by a magnetic stylus and locked into  place to create a touchable effect. The user erases a creation by pushing the elements back down with a satisfying "pop." On the BrailleDoodle here is drawn a small house, a big letter H, and the word house in braille. Back to Home Page click HERE


Image description 2 The Braille Cloud - Pictured here is the  Braille Cloud is in a fun cloud-shaped device with rounded sides.There is a line of jumbo braille cells along the bottom, and standard braille cells at the center and they are Refreshable braille cells. A Perkins-style braille keyboard is made for smaller hands is on the lower part of the cloud and small speakers on either side. The braille version of a letter would be electronically displayed in the jumbo refreshable braille cell, and the standard-sized braille cell simultaneously. There is an upper row of large braille cells allows someone to create braille characters. These ‘MagnaBraille’ cells use only a magnetic stylus and tiny metal or magnetized tactile elements. A pen-like stylus is above the device. The magnetic stylus allows users to make braille letters, numbers, words, and short sentences. game type controller with clear up, down, right, left, and a select button, center, is on the lower left. More details are on the braille Could web page. Back to Home Page click HERE


Image description 3. A young lady is sitting a table and smiling while touching a TouchPad Pro  Back to Home Page click HERE


Picture description 4. Pictured here is a stylus drawing a touchable, squiggly blue line on the surface of the TouchPad Pro. Back to Home Page click HERE


Image description 5. -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.  Back to Home Page click HERE


Image description 6  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.  Back to Home Page click HERE


Image/chart description 7 - The picture asked the question, "How important is braille?" There is a quote from the National Federation For the Blind, "Despite the undisputed value of braille only about 10% of blind children are currently learning it." Then there is a bar graph that states employment rates, Legally blind 30%, General sighted population 75%, Braille literate 85% Back to BrailleDoodle Page click HERE 


Image description 8 The BrailleDoodle Prototype - A set of three pictures above are of the Prototype of the BrailleDoodle. It red with silver spheres and has a white stylus. In the first picture, on the surface, there is a tactile picture of a house. The second picture demonstrates how the braille sleeve slides over the device. The final picture is with the Braille Sleeve in place. It shows for rows of six braille cells with the braille letters ‘a’ through ‘f’ on two of the rows.) 

Back to BrailleDoodle Page click HERE