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BrailleDoodle Product and Video description- The BrailleDoodle is a device about an iPad’s size; only it is made in hard dark blue 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.” First is an animation of the braille doodle stylus moving over the surface to draw a touchable small house, a big letter H, and the word house in braille. Next, the device is laid on its side, and the stylus’s side is used to erase the picture. After that, the stylus draws on the surface a dog and a large capital D. Tiny shiny metal pegs appear from the holes to form images, letters, and braille. Next, the Braille Cover slides over the BrailleDoodle demonstrates how the braille sleeve slides over the device, and now dozens of rectangular cutouts cover the surface. Each rectangle is a braille cell. The animated stylus starts writing words in braille, and then it becomes a boy’s hand holding the stylus, continuing to form words in braille. Then the boy’s hand feels the braille. Next, a car is drawn, and the boy’s hand feels the car, and he uses his finger to push down some on the drawing to erase. Finally, there is the prototype in red with a hand drawing, the Braille Cover placed on, and braille written and felt. The words, please support braille literacy for all, and TPPAT.com appear and disappear. To return to Indiegogo click here:  https://igg.me/at/BrailleDoodle

 

TouchPad Pro Video description- The video is a fast-moving visual tour of a realistic 3D rendering 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 in detail 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 advancements at MIT.

Description 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 scrolling and selecting the device. To the left side of the display are 9 buttons with refreshable Braille indicators that can serve different functions.

Another picture 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 suit 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 into tactile images on the screen. Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions!

The Braille Cloud description- The Braille Cloud is 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 that 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. There is also a 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.

 

Description of the stylus drawing a touchable, squiggly blue line on the surface of the TouchPad Pro.

Description of the TouchPad Pro as a Reader and Note-Taker. One TouchPad Pro with 12 lines of braille on display. Another is 7 lines of braille with a braille keyboard rising up from the device.

Description of the TouchPad Pro with a cell diagram. 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.

Description of the “How important is braille?” chart. 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%

Description of the BrailleDoodle Prototype – A set of three pictures are of the Prototype of the BrailleDoodle. Its 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.)

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