Innovation at its best, austrian innovative startup Blitab Technology have created the first Braille tablet which is to cater for the blind and the short-sited/partially blind individuals. The tablet has been developed, using a new liquid-based technology to create tactile relief outputting braille, graphics and maps.
Blitab Technology claims the “revolutionary” technology could be used to open up the digital era to the visually impaired, with plans to develop a braille smartphone.
“We are creating the first tactile tablet for blind and visually impaired people,” Slavi Slavev, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Blitab Technology. “What we are doing is creating a completely new technology which outputs braille in a completely new and innovative way without any mechanical element”. Slavev added.
Arguably and at a larger fraction, people living with disabilities meet barriers of all types. However, technology is helping to lower many of these barriers. Using computing technology for tasks such as reading and writing documents, communicating with others, and searching for information on the Internet will be of much benefit for the blind and partially blind.
Slavev continued to say, “This is revolutionary and we want to solve a great issue, and that’s the literacy of blind people. The technology is quite scalable so we can output images and put any tactile relief representation like maps and graphics, such as geometric figures, in order to serve as an educational tool for blind people.”
Quite usefully the Blitab tablet ‘uses liquid bubbles to instantly generate braille text or relief images, while the corresponding technology allows text files to be instantly converted into braille from USB sticks, web browsers or NFC tags’.
‘Blitab is currently in the prototyping stage but if the ongoing investment round is successful the startup is hoping to bring the first product to market by September 2016.’
Slavev has added that at Blitab, “We think blind people should be included in the digital era in which we live, with all of the smartphones and tablets, but also ensure that they have a proper way to do everything that sighted people do, like web browsing, reading books and downloading books.”