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MOLBED being tested and lots of feedback!

A project log for MOLBED Modular Low cost Braille Electronic Display

A project that I started in 2014, aimed to develop a low cost and modular refreshable Braille system

MadaeonMadaeon 10/13/2016 at 16:551 Comment

Today during a meeting with an association for blind people in Italy, MOLBED has been tested and we received a lot of feedback, that will be very important for developing a product that is tailored to their needs.

This is a short list of their suggestions / requirements:

-Multi line is not important as we might think; a standard size Braille cell dimension, on the other hand, is more desired to get faster read speed. The MOLBED character can be re-configured to take the same, or slightly longer space, but have the same pin size and distance as standard (expensive) Braille cells;

-Integrating a Braille paper printer on the docking station may be very interesting;

-Chances of funding for this kind of projects will probably be much difficult for the current "state of things", at least in this country, despite they recognize that this project really has a lot of potential.

So at the moment the Hackaday Prize is still the best opportunity for this project to be continued and give this people a low cost alternative to expensive products, and that can be really tailored on their needs!

Discussions

scitech200 wrote 11/05/2016 at 16:43 point

> The MOLBED character can be re-configured to take the same, 

> or slightly longer space,

Does this space refer to the height of the user surface (with braille dots) above the desktop? 

> ...but have the same pin size and distance as standard (expensive) Braille cells;

Herein lies the real challenge...  But nevertheless any attempt at making a low cost refreshable braille display available is definitely worthwhile!  It's generally acknowledged that being braille literate is a very real advantage for a blind person, but relying upon embossed (printed) braille material is a huge impediment.

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