A device that transcribes braille typed on a student’s mechanical typewriter into print through a web application and stores for easy access.
The LEAP project is partnered with the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, specifically working with Ms. Starrfield, a sighted high school math teacher. In her first few years of teaching, she found it increasingly difficult to communicate with her students who use braille; because of the intricacies of math braille, she would spend countless hours hand-transcribing student work in the standard print for grading. She approached the LEAP team in the hopes of developing a braille transcription device that would interface with the Perkins Brailler, a mechanical braille typewriter. After a few semesters of design, a device has been developed that is located in the trough of the Perkins, collecting student inputs as they complete their schoolwork. The inputs are then sent through a transcription algorithm and displayed on a web application in standard print to be viewed by the sighted teacher. On the web application, the teacher is then able to save, edit, and share student work.