Turning digital information into Braille for the visually impaired

National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded small business Polymer Braille Inc. is developing a mechanical Braille device that uses polymer-based, single-dot actuators to enable visually impaired people to access digital information on a mobile tablet computer. Wallace Pitts of Polymer Braille explains that existing technology cannot scale beyond two lines of text, consumes significant amounts of power and is expensive. The new electronic Braille display could give the visually impaired community access to affordable, modern devices. The early-stage technology is funded through NSF's Small Business Innovation Research program and was featured at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show in the Eureka Park Marketplace.

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