Created a screen that allows the blind to read Braille without touch

To help the blind to recognize the information, more than 150 years ago created the Braille, which is still widely used around the world. It consists of six raised dots on a flat surface with a different arrangement that allows you to display most of the figures for blind people. Some interactive Braille displays allow you to display different text, but they are very expensive and their use is unsafe, as any observer may leak information on the screen. The reading of the written text with your voice is also considered ineffective because it confidenziale. Therefore, scientists are constantly developing new ways to help the blind to interact with the written text.

What is Braille

One such solution was created by engineers from Germany, who were able to adapt the ultrasonic display for displaying the numbers of Braille. The screen creates in the air several zones of ultrasonic waves, and a person close enough to bring him the palm, with the help of the skin to distinguish these waves. As planned by the scientists, such a display can then be set, for example, over the ATM keypad. Now blind people use ATMs with Braille, which is applied to the button input pin, and using voice prompts from the device itself. However, this is not secure: anyone can come close to this person and see what numbers he dials.

The idea to create Braille alphabet came Louis Braille after he playing in his father's workshop, accidentally hurt his eyes, that two years later led to the eventual loss of vision. He created not only Braille, but also worked as a teacher and a tutor, learned to play the piano and the organ.

As the blind will recognize the numbers

Alternatively, engineers propose to use a developed an ultrasonic display which can be installed on any public devices for the blind. Screen using sound waves simulates a signal that is distinguishable hand, as a result the person feels considerable pressure and vibration at a particular point in space.

If the symbol is displayed “at a glance” matches a digit, which wants to introduce a blind, he moves his hand below and one touch confirms the input.

Of course, to complete the work of the device on the same ATM will require the support of a new type of display and input of information for the blind, but the idea of developing a similar display is already generating interest from many scientists. Its only drawback so far — accuracy; blind people recognize the characters, “projected” on their palm, on average, in 85% of cases. This, of course, too much, but now that person can use the regular ATM keypad Braille and accurately enter the necessary figures. Moreover, it will be much faster, but less confidence.

This screen could also be used not only in ATMs and elevators, as engineers want to implement, and just in everyday life of blind people. Is Braille on the surfaces they will be able to read information with the help of ultrasonic waves on his palm. Blind people can’t use sight to build their model of the world, they rely on other senses. Therefore, they have exacerbated, in particular, the sense of touch, which allows them to use Braille.

Researchers interviewed 11 people who are blind and asked them to try a new device, and usability, it scored almost 80 points out of 100. Engineers have already created several working prototypes of a new display for the blind, who plan to apply at some ATMs and elevators.

Interestingly, congenital blindness somehow protects a person from schizophrenia. If you lost your eyesight at a later period of life and in the family have relatives with schizophrenia, the chances of getting sick increase significantly.