Based out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tactile (patent pending) is the first dedicated text-to-Braille converter. Tactile aims to help those who are visually impaired by increasing access to printed text information at a lower price point.
Tactile is in the research and development phase. If you would like to support our development or if you are interested in user testing, please visit the Contact Us page to directly reach us! You can also follow our website and Twitter (@tactilemit) for regular updates.
August 2017: Jessica and Charlene have been featured in MIT News for summer development at the MIT Engine
June 2017: Our team has graduated from MIT!
May 2017: Tactile won Lemelson-MIT's "Use It!" category! A big thanks to everyone who has supported us along the way and shared our story <3
April 2017: The amazing team at Fusion came to film our development:
February 2017: We have completed our fifth prototype of Tactile! This is the first prototype in which our camera and refreshable braille display is fully integrated. The size of our braille cell has shrunk down to 4x the standard size. We are continuing to scale down our cells and improve our text recognition system
February 2016: Tactile has been featured in Mashable!
December 2016: We are listed as one of the 2016 Global Thinkers by the Foreign Policy Magazine. Our team was invited in D.C. to accept our award and meet other inspirational Global Thinkers from around the world
September 2016: Tactile has been featured by Microsoft Stories!
August 2016: We have been selected to be a part of Microsoft's Patent Program. Tactile is on its way to be patented
May 2016: We have have received an additional $10,000 development grant from the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund. We look forward to the mentorship provided by the Sandbox community
April 2016: We are excited to announce that Tactile has been award a $10,000 grant from the MIT Ideas Global Challenge to continue development. Thank you!
March 2016: We are selected as finalists for the Microsoft Imagine Cup and will be heading to San Francisco to attend Microsoft Build and to present Tactile
February 2016: The first prototype of Tactile was created. 1st place finish at MakeMIT with the Microsoft sponsorship prize!
Who We Are
Our team is composed of five MIT graduates from mechanical engineering, materials science, electrical engineering, and computer science. Our team has had work experience from companies such as Google, IBM, NASA, Saint-Gobain, and more.