Conversion of web texts into Braille characters for real time reading through arrays of electromechanical actuators

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Tronco, Mario Luiz [UNESP]
Machado, Jose Marcio [UNESP]

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IOS Press


This paper describes an electronic device conceived to convert common web texts into sequences of corresponding Braille signals, which are immediately reproduced onto an array ( keyboard) of electromechanical actuators. These actuators are reconfigurable in real time, displaying the Braille characters as matrices of points composed by small stems which can be lowered or raised according to the Braille code. The device, together with its conversion software package, can provide direct access to web texts in any personal computer, thus avoiding the use of complicated Braille printers.



Braille characters, web texts, electromechanical actuators

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International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics. Amsterdam: IOS Press, v. 33, n. 1-2, p. 559-564, 2010.