[bct] Re: Pocket Braille System

  • From: "Margo and elmo" <margo.downey@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2005 00:18:01 -0500

Hey, I want a pocket Braille display.  but bet it's very expensive or will be 
for a while.

margo and Elmo
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Megan Kelly 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 11:44 PM
  Subject: [bct] Re: Pocket Braille System

  wow,I think  this sounds neat! 


  At 09:42 PM 12/2/2005, you wrote:

    Hello everyone,
    Below is a tidbit I received in my regular email, which I thought some of 
you might be interested in reading.
    >New pocket-size Braille system
    >Blind people may soon be reading messages using the world's first portable
    >electronic Braille. The pocket-sized display, which can be rolled up like a
    >newspaper, is designed to connect to mobile phones and laptops. Researchers
    >in Japan have produced a 16-centimetre-square prototype just one millimetre
    >thick which weighs five grams. It incorporates 144 plastic "paddles" 
    >a thin rubber surface which bend upwards when an electric current is
    >applied. On the tip of each paddle is a sphere under a millimetre across
    >that rises and produces a bump in the rubber. The bumps produce the Braille
    >message, which can be read the normal way by feeling with the fingertips.
    >When the current is switched off, the paddles straighten and the bumps
    >disappear. Inventor Takao Someya, from the University of Tokyo, will 
    >the device at the International Electron Devices meeting in Washington DC 
    >December, New Scientist magazine reported. The device could go beyond
    >Braille to allow the blind to feel images as well as words, says Someya. 
    >Yoseph Bar-Cohen, an electronics expert at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    >in Pasadena said: "If a blind person cannot feel the movement of the dots,
    >the device will not be practical." 
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