Harvard’s iLab has created a new Braille literacy tool for the blind called Read Read, which has this week been launched by Kickstarter to help raise the $273,000 the team require to take the device into production.
Watch the video below to learn more about the braille literacy tool which is available to back with pledges starting from just $5 and shipping expected to take place during November 2017.
The developers of the Read Read system explain more about its development and inspiration:
We recently wrapped up an incredible 12 week pilot at the Perkins School for the Blind, where students continually expressed their delight in learning with the Read Read. During piloting, one student who is blind and on the Autism spectrum touched the braille on one of the Read Read’s tiles for the first time, heard the immediate audio feedback of the letter sound, and loudly exclaimed, “WOW! THAT’S HUGE! THAT’S REALLY COOL! I LIKE IT!”
A teenage student who is blind and on the Autism spectrum had had great difficulty learning braille letters, and hadn’t managed to master the first 10 letters of the alphabet. His teacher sat amazed at his engagement with the Read Read, and in only two days, using the Read Read for less than 20 minutes each day, the student learned braille letters ‘A’ through ‘J’.
We have been making the Read Read one-at-a-time at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and now we’re ready to make it available to blind children everywhere. In order to finance the startup manufacturing costs, we need to reach a critical mass – donating, sharing this page, and actively reaching out to families who have a student with a visual impairment or blindness will help us ensure that we will be able to make the Read Read available to kids who so desperately need it. Exceeding our goal just means that we will be able to provide more units to children in need.