This Tablet for Visually Impaired People Translates Images into Tactiles

 - May 31, 2017
References: & springwise
This tactile tablet for visually impaired people makes it easier for the blind to interact with graphic content in an increasingly visual world. Funded by the European Union, BlindPad is a 2 million euro project coordinated by Luca Brayda from the Italian Institute of Technology in Geneva. BlindPad -- or Personal Assistive Devices for Blind and visually impaired people -- helps those who are at a disadvantage as websites become more graphically complex and visual content online progresses for those with sight.

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a project partner, developed a prototype tablet for visually impaired people. The device uses electromagnetic technology to create Braille-like patterns that can be 'read' with fingers. As SpringWise puts it, "the idea is to translate visual concepts into tactile representations keeping energy consumption to a minimum."