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'Team Tactile' Has Created a Device for Translating Text to Braille

 - May 16, 2017
References: smithsonianmag & digitaltrends
Team Tactile, a research group from MIT, has developed a device that can do what many apps and AI systems have been able to handle for years. The handheld gadget is capable of translating one written language to another in real time -- indeed, something that Google Translate and other similar services have boasted for some time now. What separates Team Tactile's tech are the languages in question: the device translates written text into Braille.

Team Tactile's Braille translator is about the size of a candy bar. When running the device over any written text, its top surface will raise dimples that display six Braille characters at a time. Such a system can allow blind people to access any text that they come upon in the real world, not just text that already has an embedded Braille translation.