There are digital Braille devices already available, but most of those assume that the blind already know how to write in the format. If they don’t they will have to learn the old fashioned way. PDT and Perkins hope to address this issue with the Perkins Smart Brailler.
The device has a bunch of great features. It has built-in lessons for newcomers and will deliver immediate audio feedback (visual for writers who have borderline vision) and text-to-speech conversion.
You can also transfer documents over USB along with traditional Braille printouts. Smart Braillers will cost $1,995 each when they ship in September. It’s well worth it to those who are blind and the price should come down at some point in the future.