Innovation for the Blind from Johns Hopkins and Google.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on July 26, 2006

Congratulations to the four mechanical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University who have designed a low-cost, light-weight, portable braille writing instrument for their Engineering Design Project class. They used design thinking to understand the problem and reach a really good solution. Read all about it on the Johns Hopkins site and check out the photos too.

Looks like a blind developer at Google is creating Google for the blind.

I sometimes bird with a blind doctor (serious birding is done with your ears mostly). He’s all teched up and gets his information through his ears. In the morning he dials up and gets this incredibly fast reading of the New York Times and other publications. I don’t know how fast it is but I can’t follow it. He can and I’m jealous. Maybe we should start thinking about applying innovation that exists within the blind community to our busy lives.

 

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