The pocket solution for the visually-impaired.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability to see to a degree that causes problems not fixable by usual means, such as glasses. Some also include those who have a decreased ability to see because they do not have access to glasses or contact lenses. The term blindness is used for complete or nearly complete vision loss. Visual impairment may cause people difficulties with normal daily activities such as driving, reading, socializing, and walking.
Challenges faced by the Visual Impaired
- Difficulty to self-navigate
- Finding / Differentiating objects
- Folding & Pairing Clothes
- Using buttons without braille symbols embossed on them
- Using new technology (touch displays)
The medium through which education is provided to the Visually Impaired
Braille is a system of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind or who have low vision. Teachers, parents, and others who are not visually impaired ordinarily read braille with their eyes. Braille is not a language. Rather, it is a code by which many languages—such as English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and dozens of others—may be written and read.
What is Braille?
- Braille is written using a braille slate and a stylus. The paper goes between the slate and the stylus punches holes which raises paper dots on the other side of the paper.
- The raised dots on the paper are then felt by the fingertips and the person with visual impairment can read.
- There are 6 holes in every character in a slate, each character stands for an alphabet.
- The alphabets and numbers are in the form of a code that is punched onto the paper.
- ATM machines also have braille embossed on the buttons.
Socio-Economic Factors for the Visually Impaired
- Directly and indirectly visual impairment interferes with many daily activities.
- In the case of adults, the possibilities for gainful employment are severely limited as is their participation in many activities.
- The physical limitations and psychosocial implications of visual impairment cannot be measured in exact monetary terms.
- It is clear that they diminish the quality of life not only for blind persons but for their families as well
Problems with the Braille Slate
- The size of the generic braille slate is anywhere from the size of an A4 sheet or A3 sheet.
- The braille slates are big and not easy to carry everywhere.
- Aligning the paper is not very easy.
- The braille slate is quite expensive <₹300 and not everyone with visual impairment can afford it.
What is Braille-It?
Braille-It is a Braille writing tab which is of the size of a credit card and can fit into anyone’s pocket or wallet easily. The product comes with self-adhesive sheets that help to label the products or buttons. Example:- Containers, physical buttons on a device, post-its, take quick notes/phone numbers.