Smart Braille Board

Challenge

Learning math and science is fundamental to a person’s understanding of the world. In 2013, the visually impaired population of age 20 or under was 621,800 in the United State, and like their sighted peers, many of these young people are interested in learning math and science. However, having access to, and doing math and science, is one of the biggest obstacles for blind students in school and at the university. Visually impaired students are often at a disadvantage in math and science because of the ubiquity of important graphical information that is generally not available in accessible formats. 

Result

My team developed a comprehensive product proposal to design and develop a smart braille board system that helps visually-impaired students to learn math and science subjects better. The smart braille board is comprised of programmable braille pins that could enable the board itself to transform into other tangible shapes. Combined with voice output and natural language input methods, the smart braille board could provide a much more enhanced learning experience to the students with which they could intuitively touch the board, listen to the explanation, and learn the information. 

You can read our proposal here

Our proposal was a finalist of the BigIdeas Competition, with one judge commenting "This is the highest quality proposal I have read… It seems well researched, and is well written."

Responsibilities

User Research, Literature Research, Prior Work Research, Ideation.