DotBook- India’s First Braille Laptop

Hands on the Refreshable Braille Display- Dotbook the product developed at IIT Delhi.

 “Dotbook“, the refreshable Braille display that has been developed over several years of effort is finally ready for release. After multiple iterations and incorporation of feedback from hundreds of users, the device has been launched on February 27, 2019.

An inter-disciplinary multi-organization young team from AssisTech (IIT Delhi), KritiKal Solutions, Phoenix Medical Systems, and Saksham has made the development possible.

At present, high-end Braille displays are very expensive and seldom used. Based on IIT Delhi’s patented Shape Memory Alloy technology, DotBook brings this cost down to 25% of the existing displays, thus making this solution accessible to the millions who were previously not catered to.

The device comes packed with custom developed applications & features that one would need to independently carry out his / her day to day tasks, be it the educational assignments or office work, with ease, such as:

  • Full-fledged document processor with Microsoft word abilities to read, edit, navigate, and format documents seamlessly.
  • Advanced email client to manage multiple email accounts.
  • Built-in Web browser for browsing Web pages at your fingertips.
  • Access to online digital libraries like Sugamya Pustakalaya, Bookshare etc
  • Has built-in braille translation that supports open and contracted formats.
  • Support for commonly used file formats like brf, brl, txt, docx and epub.
  • Support for Indian languages, pdf, daisy and text to speech available in the near future through software upgrades

The device comes out in two variants: DotBook 40Q, a 40-Cell Display with QWERTY keyboard; and DotBook 20P, a 20-Cell Display with Braille keyboard

For more information about this revolutionary product, kindly drop a mail at dotbook@saksham.org or call at 9013232311.

 

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Published by Saksham

Saksham Trust is a not - for - profit organisation, established in 2003. The sole aim of the trust is to empower persons belonging to this marginalised section of society through a variety of strategies. India has more than 14 million persons with blindness and low vision and above 70 million persons who cannot read normal print due to some sort of disability. A range of services needed to be provided to such persons for their social and economic mainstream into society. Saksham is guided by the Vision of a sensitised and motivated society that acknowledges the value of interdependence and appreciates the abilities of persons with blindness and multiple disabilities and willingly provides equal opportunities for all.

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