The BrailleWear glove, developed by assistive tech startup ORama AI, aims to make it easier for blind individuals to learn braille by verbally identifying the characters represented by the dots they feel.
Co-founder Kushagra Jain was motivated to create the device after volunteering at a school for the blind in India, where he found that a staggering 90% of visually impaired individuals were unable to read braille.
The BrailleWear glove, developed by assistive tech startup ORama AI, features an electronics module between the thumb and index finger which includes a small camera and LED light.
The LED shines on printed braille dots at an angle, creating high-contrast shadows that the camera captures. The AI-based software then matches the pattern to the corresponding braille character, and a speaker on the back of the glove verbally informs the user of the character.
The goal is for the user to eventually identify characters by touch alone and no longer need the glove.
Assistive tech startup ORama AI is working with industry partners to commercialize and scale their BrailleWear glove.
The company has collaborated with Perkins Institute for the Blind for the last six months, and met with American Print House at CES. They are working with Perkins to continue to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the glove and planning to collaborate with American Print House for distribution.
The targeted price of the device is $300 and it’s expected to be available by the end of the year. Additionally, Georgia Institute of Technology is also developing a braille-teaching glove that utilizes finger buzzing technology.
Source: ORama AI