Braille With the iPad
Wheneve I hear someone talk about braille being less relevant today, or that new technology will be the demise of braille, I think about how well many braille displays work with an iPad or iPhone, Android smartphone or tablet, even a KindleFire…right out of the box. Au contraire! In fact, it is this sort of technology that is contributing, I think, to a renewed relevancy to braille, and providing greater access to braille material through refreshable braille displays.
In this video, Gayle Yarnall, at the time, Director of Adaptive Technology at Perkins Products, demonstrates how a braille display works with an iPad for reading, and it adds a greater level of access to the book she is reading.
In the 5 years since this video was made, some of the braille displays have gotten smaller and more pocket-sized, and we might consider using Voice Dream Reader or Dolphin Easy Reader as or book reader software, but you can see how much more accessible braille becomes with this technology. The only thing standing in the way is the cost of the braille displays which still remains high, but becoming increasingly more affordable.
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