Cool Invention: Portable Braille Translator reports that one of the winning entries at the 2010 Red Dot Concept Design is the “Haptic Braille” by Baek Kil Hyun.

The mouse-shaped device scans any text, identifies the characters using optical character recognition technology and converts them into Braille on its surface, enabling the visually impaired to read any printed material, without waiting for its Braille edition to be published.

The Haptic Braille is made from a biodegradable plastic and is portable in nature, making it easy to carry anywhere.

Photo by Yanko Design.

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