Ripple Reader [affordable braille reader]

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Undergraduate student
Date created: 
2018-04
Identifier: 
ENSC405031
Keywords: 
ENSC 405W
ENSC 440
Optical character recognition
Visually impaired people
Abstract: 

We would like to introduce a cutting-edge braille reader called the Ripple Reader. Our implementation of the braille reader will significantly reduce the price of the product by both offboarding several components of the software to a mobile phone along with using a unique electro-mechanical multiplexing system to control the refreshable braille cells. The Ripple Reader will provide USB input along with support for both optical character recognition (OCR) to give the user more access to tactile information alongside a user configurable audio feedback to give the user an opportunity to have near-instant spoken feedback for the character or word they just read. Via our safe, sustainable, and affordable device, LampLight Labs aims to minimize the technological gap the visually impaired face in hopes to subsequently lessen the divide in employment and education present today for the demographic.

Description: 

Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Rights: 
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