Visually impaired individuals need affordable, accessible options for learning Braille because the process is strenuous, teaching staff are underfunded, and no low-cost learning devices exist.
90% of the visually impaired can not read Braille but Braille literacy is essential for education and employment.
Through several interviews I learned:
- Individuals find learning Braille to be astrenuous and dependent process
- Educational institutions can’t afford sufficientBraille teaching staff
- No low-cost, independent Braille learningdevices exist
BrailleWear is an intuitive and independent Braille learning device. This wearable, glove-like tool can translate Braille to speech in real-time. The oblique light of the device causes shadows to form from the Braille, making it more readable for the camera.
Users can correlate speech translation with the Braille felt pattern.
- Continue in-house development +
- Do limited field testing
- Work with engineering-design agency & outsourced software developers to build manufacturing-ready prototype
- Perform extensive field testing
- Apply to YCombinator/Techstarts
- Start Mass Production
- Complete $500,000 in pre-sales or sales revenue