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2019

Braille Block

Enabling Engineering

The Need

People with visual impairments who are just beginning to learn how to read braille need a simple and enjoyable way to practice the tactile experience of learning braille. Using these interactive braille blocks, users can create words by attaching the braille blocks together.

The Solution

The project team has designed a braille block that is easy to use, comfortable to hold, and can connect to other braille blocks. All iterations of the braille blocks were 3D printed, while the final version will use injection molding. The braille block offers the following features: pegs that allow blocks to be snapped into place, modular design to connect multiple blocks with each other, smooth and sleek design for a comfortable holding experience, and a cost effective enough to manufacture in bulk.