Right now at this very moment, braille technology is looking good. We have low cost sub $500 braille displays that get the job done. There are also prototypes of multiline braille displays that are being developed. These displays would be awesome for someone like me who knows braille music. This would allow for the music to be presented in an easier way for studying and teaching.
The future is slimer and thinner
I see the future of braille becoming integrated into everyday objects. Or at least as small as current tablet computers such as iPads. It would be awesome if some surfaces were dedicated braille surfaces that would pop up with a portion dedicated to reading or displaying braille. Whether this would be used for reading while watching TV or even just relaxing outside on your favorite chair. A display would spring up from any surface and allow you to read braille. This could be a book, web page, or even any items loaded from a cloud based service like iCloud Drive or even Google Drive. You could even have your phone or ven computer tied to your internet connect. Allowing you to use the device all with braille.
On the Go
When you’re ready to leave and go travel. Your braille device could be folded into a smaller display for easier portability. This would allow for TSA to see it as a normal tablet as well. Once on the plane or at your destination, the user could unfold the tablet like device and begin reading where they left off. Or even connect their mobile device and go about their business. The braille itself could also be dynamic. Dynamic braille could sense how hard or soft the user would want the display to output the braille dots. Remembering that while studying music for instance. The user wanted harder braille then when reading a book. Dynamic braille would also have a layout of every printed material such as books. The unit would automatically flip pages without the user even knowing. Sort of like how a braille book has interpoint on the next page. If the book had any diagrams or tactile graphics, the unit would also know the layout and display these graphics in a layout that the user would choose. Condensing the information for easier reading. These are just a few examples of what Dynamic braille could be used for. More applications would be up to developers and user feedback.
What are your thoughts? I’m excited to see where braille goes from a technology perspective. We’ve already come so far with braille, it will continue to keep growing and become more advanced with the times. As technology moves forward braille will adapt and grow with it.