Russian engineers have created a device for communicating with deafblind people with speech disorders.
Russian engineers have created a device for communicating with deafblind people with speech disorders. The device works on the principle of Braille, designed for writing and reading by blind and visually impaired people. The gadget will translate speech into Braille on the tactile buttons of the device, and the typed text will be translated into synthesized speech. According to the developers, the advantages of the device are its simplicity and compactness.
Engineers from NITU MISIS, together with the Russian design bureau Karfidov Lab, have developed a device for communicating with deafblind people with speech disorders. This is reported by the press service of the MISIS.
The device, called "Vibrobrail", works on the principle of Braille. This is a small gadget with built-in tactile elements that transmit signals to the user's fingertips. The device also has a built-in microphone that helps to recognize speech addressed to a deafblind person.
"When they start talking to a deafblind person, the device vibrates. Next, the deafblind person clicks on the button and confirms that he wants to start a dialogue. The entire speech of the speaker is converted into Braille, which is a set of six dots or symbols. The device itself has a display with buttons that, in fact, replace this language. These buttons are tactile and have the possibility of feedback, and a deafblind person thanks to these tactile buttons understands exactly what is being said to him. By pressing these buttons, the deafblind person can also keep in touch with the interlocutor, since the device converts these clicks into ordinary speech" – Alexey Karfidov, head of the Department of Technological Equipment Engineering at NITU MISIS, told RT.
The device works together with the application on the mobile phone with which it is connected via Bluetooth. Due to the dictionary of values implemented in the application, where each Braille character corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, words are recoded into tactile signals — and vice versa.
According to the developers, their device differs from its analogues in its compactness and simplicity. In addition, such devices, which are trying to create for the deafblind, do not have all the functions available to the "Vibrobrail", Russian experts note.
"Vibrobrail" has passed the test tests, and now it is being prepared for mass production.