This Braille Barcode Scanner Helps the Visually Impaired Choose Products

By: Amelia Roblin - Jan 16, 2015
References: red-dot.sg & yankodesign
One of the most exciting implications of advanced technology is giving more independence to people with all sorts of disabilities. This concept for the Dotdotdot Braille Barcode Scanner enables perfectly capable people to shop comfortably and independently, despite their inability to see.

Earning an Honorable Mention at the 2015 Red Dot Design Awards, Woojin Chung came up with the idea for a pocket-sized electronic device that would enable the blind to make informed decisions about potential purchases. The gadget can simply be swiped over the item in question, registering and reading the universal product code for its details. The Braille Barcode Scanner will transmit this information in the form of tactile dots and a voice through earbuds, giving the name, the manufacturer and the price, as well as descriptions of size, color and anything else available.