Introducing the world’s first tablet for the blind
BLITAB is a Braille device that allows users to upload text files, such as novels, using a USB stick. The text then appears in Braille via small physical ‘bubbles’ that rise and fall on demand.
Imagine you could pop a USB containing a novel into a Kindle or iPad and page one in Braille suddenly rose up from the screen. This is was the BLITAB tablet promises to do.
Co-founder Kristina Tsvetanova first had the idea after helping a colleague sign up to an online course. It was only after she had signed him up that he was blind. The inaccessibility of technology stuck with her and provided the inspiration and motivation to make an innovative piece of accessible tech.
One area this will be a life saver in is large books, such as course text books. The BLITAB would allow large and inaccessible files to appear on an accessible handheld device and display an entire page rather that a single line as with current Braille terminals. This will allow students with sight loss to make sure they have easy access to the same educational resources as a sighted person.
The tablet is currently in advanced stages of development so we’ll be keeping an eye out to see how things progress.
Do you think the BITLAB looks useful?