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Wearable Braille Technology

by Stephanie Tomsett | 3Q 2016 | IN-4203

Nearly 10% of all American adults suffer from some form of visual impairment, ranging from having trouble seeing when wearing glasses to being unable to see at all. Although Braille is often the only way in which this population can read, only 10% know how to read it. This is due to several factors, including limited access to Braille teachers, the complexity of learning the language, the fact that only 1% of books have been translated into Braille, and the influx of audio-based technologies. Understanding Braille can be vital for the visually impaired, providing them with a form of communication that would otherwise be inaccessible. Wearable Braille technology aims to help the 40 million people worldwide who are blind by giving them the ability to read information wherever they are.

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