Brett Perl

I led a team focused on designing a portable text-to-braille converter. We wanted to create a device which differentiated itself from other products on the market based on portability, cost, and customization. We used the Tesseract OCR engine, which is open source and maintained by Google, so that the main processing could happen on a user's smartphone, thus cutting cost significantly. The phone then connected to an arduino via bluetooth to actuate six braille pins. The design of the converter was created in grasshopper, so a user can enter then dimensions of their hand, and a 3d-printable model will be exported to accommodate  their specific needs.