The first of its kind, low-cost electronic Braille device - Braille me, priced at a 10x lower cost than existing products, due to patent-filed Braille cell technology, is targeted at revolutionizing the lives of 40 million blind individuals globally, connecting them to the digital world and impacting quality of life through better education and employment opportunities.
Innovision seeks to impact the lives of 40 million blind individuals globally with 90% living in low income settings. They have been traditionally dependent on Braille - a tactile script which is essential for their literacy. But with the shift to digital information, printed material has become outdated and existing electronic aids are unaffordable (>$3000). There is a pressing need for an affordable electronic aid that connects them to the digital age in Braille thereby improving their education (90% illiterate) and employment (70% unemployed) opportunities.
Our company has developed the first ever low cost electronic refreshable Braille reader - "BrailleMe". Based on our patent filed Braille cell technology we have been able to lower the cost ($300) to 10 times that of existing devices ($3000). Our device will help the user read and write digitally through electronic Braille. It will connect to a parent device - computer or smartphone - and allow them to access information by means of Braille cell output and Braille keypad on our device. With this personal use device the blind would be able to access applications such as MSOffice, E-books, Internet, Social Media etc. improving both education and employment opportunities. This device will make the blind more independent and bridge the gap with the sighted. Innovision's mission is improving accessibility through affordable technological innovation.
The innovation in BrailleMe is due to the patents filed Braille cell actuation technology developed by us. The existing assistive technology devices for the 40 million blind globally today are majorly audio software based. In addition to being expensive ($1000) they are also limited by language and accent for 90% of the world blind population. The electronic Braille devices on the other hand are based on piezoelectric technology for the Braille cells which has led to its unaffordability at > $3000. Innovision will cater to the unpenetrated (36 million) blind individuals with its affordable price of $300 as compared to our competitors, who have been in operation for close to a decade but have not been able to innovate to reduce cost, limiting their sales to developing countries at only 10,000 units annually.
Empowering visually impaired to read-write digitally through electronic Braille at an affordable (10 times lower) price and impacting quality of life with special focus on education and employment.
BrailleMe, at $300, is the first low cost, affordable assistive technology for the visually impaired and would provide access to education resources at a significantly lower cost in addition to providing gainful employment opportunities.