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Matthew Talebi

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Braillet

This braille tablet concept is a project I've had on my mind for a while now. I've always thought that an elegant solution can be created where those with vision impairement can easily read web articles or books in peace. Listening to content being read out loud can be mentally draining.
Tactile button display

Tactile interactions

Touch devices are great especially when it works well, however, for those that are unable to see there is always a level of uncertainty that comes with the lack of tactile feedback. With braillet there are two large tactile buttons on the bottom that clearly indicate next and previous.

A simple press of either button will allow the reader to go to the next page of the article or book they are reading. Holding down for three seconds will jump to the next or previous chapter if the option is available.

Tactile button display

Word definitions

With braillet, each cell on the reading panel is pressure sensitive. Double tapping on the beginning of a word will read out the definition of the word specified.

hold to have a definition read out

Save notes

Applying pressure for three seconds at two different points will save everything in between as a note to your microSD card for later reference. Using the voice assistant key allows readers to create a voice recording as notes. If braillet is connected to a mobile phone, the notes can be saved directly to a supported third party application like Dropbox; otherwise all highlights and notes will be saved to the microSD card.

Highlight or voice assistant diagram

Reading on the tablet

The tablet is to be connected by bluetooth or local wireless connection. From there any website article or ebook may be sent to the tablet by the share panel on their device.

share panel example

Technical specifications

Dimensions

  • Width: 24.6cm (9.68in)
  • Height: 33.9cm (13.34in)
  • Depth: 0.8cm (0.31in)
  • Weight: 520g (1.14lb)
  • The dot diameter, cell and line spacing are compliant with the UK Association for Accessible Formats (UKAAF)

Connection

  • 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology

Battery life & Memory

  • 8000mAh built in battery
  • 3 Weeks of usage*
  • USB Type-C port
  • 256GB removable MicroSD card included.

What's in the box

In order to help reduce waste, the box itself is designed with sturdy polymer to server as a place to store your braillet reader. The box includes:

  • 1x braillet tablet
  • 1x charging box
  • 1x USB Type-C to Type-C cable
Dimensions displayed
Ports and hardware buttons
Box layout

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