What is BlindPAD for?

Till today blind children at school did not have enough solutions to learn crucial disciplines such as geometry and science. We built a tactile tablet made of hundreds ‘taxels’, that are the tactile equivalent of the pixels. Images are transformed into tactile representations. We have also developed a set of games, to be used within rehabilitation procedures. We tested our prototypes with people with visual disability. We found that BlindPAD improves their sense of space and their knowledge about unknown places. It is an interactive technology that can display in real time maps, graphics, and symbols, which is what is needed at school age and beyond. If Braille is used for text, BlindPAD can now be used for graphics. We plan to make it a real product, to be used in schools, rehabilitation centers and ultimately at home.