Braille keyboard provides new features

March 11, 2006
UAB professor Jordi Roig de Zárate, with the new keyboard.
UAB professor Jordi Roig de Zárate, with the new keyboard.

Researchers have developed a new Braille computer keyboard with features that are particularly useful for transcribing scientific texts and musical scores.

Researchers from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and the Organizacion Nacional de Ciegos Espanoles developed the keyboard, which combines the function and movement keys of a conventional keyboard with eight Braille keys that allows the user to write in any language, a news release said.

The new computer keyboard also gives blind people the ability to work with mathematical formulae and score writer programs. Until now, assistance was required from a sighted person to perform that kind of task, the release said.

The keyboard allows for product upgrades as new features are developed in the future.

The researcher group is currently working on other projects to enable blind people to work autonomously with technological applications, including an automatic conversion tool for websites and touchable screens that raise the information so that it can be felt.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Blitab Technology develops tablet for the blind and visually impaired

Related Stories

Georgia Tech develops braille-like texting app (w/ video)

February 17, 2012

Imagine if smartphone and tablet users could text a note under the table during a meeting without anyone being the wiser. Mobile gadget users might also be enabled to text while walking, watching TV or socializing without ...

Good vibrations bring braille into the 21st century

May 30, 2014

Even in a world of digital devices, braille continues to be a vital part of life for blind people. For nearly 200 years, this versatile writing system has allowed them to learn, work and live in a more independent way.

Automated braille writing tutor wins Touch of Genius prize

March 25, 2015

An innovative device developed by Carnegie Mellon University's TechBridgeWorld research group to help visually impaired students learn how to write Braille using a slate and stylus is the winner of the 2014 Louis Braille ...

Stanford summer course yields touchscreen Braille writer

October 10, 2011

Each summer, under the red-tiled roofs and sandstone of Stanford, the Army High-Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) invites a select group of undergraduates from across the country gather for a two-month immersion ...

Recommended for you

Diagnosing breast cancer using red light

March 23, 2018

Optical Mammography, or OM, which uses harmless red or infrared light, has been developed for use in conjunction with X-rays for diagnosis or monitoring in cases demanding repeated imaging where high amounts of ionizing radiation ...

Germany was covered by glaciers 450,000 years ago

March 23, 2018

The timing of the Middle Pleistocene glacial-interglacial cycles and the feedback mechanisms between climatic shifts and earth-surface processes are still poorly understood. This is largely due to the fact that chronological ...

Genome of American cockroach sequenced for the first time

March 23, 2018

A team of researchers with South China Normal University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has for the first time sequenced the genome of the American cockroach. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.