Based out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tactile (Patent Pending) aims to revolutionize Braille technology. Tactile is the first portable real-time text to Braille converter. Tactile aims to help those who are visually impaired to increase access to the print text around them at a low price point. We started Tactile from the MakeMIT hackathon and have since go on to iterate and expand on our vision for a more affordable, applicable and accessible Braille device. Our team is currently working developing a new braille actuation mechanism and text processing method.
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March 2016: Our team visited the Carroll Center for the Blind to do some user testing and interviews.
February 2016: We are working on our fifth prototype of tactile! This is the first prototype in where we have a our camera and refreshable braille display fully integrated. The size of our braille cell has shrunk down to 4x the standard. We are continuing to scale down our cells and improve our text recognition system.
February 2016: We are featured by Mashable!
December 2016: We are listed as one of the top 100 2016 Global Thinkers by the Foreign Policy Magazine. Our team is invited in D.C. to accept our award and meet other inspirational Global Thinkers from all around the world.
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: Tactile is created. First place finish at MakeMIT with Microsoft sponsorship prize!
Who We Are
Our team is composed of six MIT undergraduate seniors from mechanical engineering, materials science and electrical engineering & computer science. Not only does our team have a strong technical background, but we also have entrepreneurial and business experience from our various internships and projects.