Many probably know that I have a particular interest and strong opinion about the use of Braille by the blind. Braille literacy has become a hot topic, and there is an dangerously foolish attitude out there that because of the cost of Braille, teaching the blind to use Braille is not cost effective any longer. It’s, to me, like saying you will stop teaching sighted kids to handwrite because so many of them use keyboards and tablets these days.
Anyway, before I go on a rant about this, it has been brought to my attention that there is a developer who is both attempting to develop a low cost Braille input keyboard for iOS and the Mac, as well as a refreshable Braille display that could be ready for the market by March and at a lower cost than the other projects claiming to have this technology at an affordable amount.
There is a Kickstarter program out there that I wanted to pass along to any interested people. I please ask that this information gets spread around in as many places as possible and using social media to its greatest extent. This gentleman does not have the experience or the connections to get the word out there to the blind. The more who know, the better this project has a chance to become a reality and go into mass production.