Name of the Technology : Braille Master-plate embosser
Disability Sector : Visual Impairments
Function : Education and Learning aids
Category of research : Upgradation of existing technology/product
Brief description of the product/ technology:
The Braille Master-plate embosser is a device that embosses Braille characters on Aluminium sheet metal plates to prepare Braille books in Braille presses. The metal masters prepared by this machine enables multiple braille copies to be embossed on paper one full page at a time, thus making the volume- production of braille books faster. Visually challenged children need Braille books of various subjects for different class levels for various Indian languages in various quantities each year. Hence to meet these complex demands, this computerized braille master plate preparing machine has been designed and is under fabrication stage.
This computerized Metal-master embosser under development is a technically superior, error free and indigenous machine compared to those Braille key-pad based mechanical versions which are often prone to errors and frequent break-downs.
Readiness level of the product/technology: Proof of Concept (alpha level)
Anticipated time to reach the next readiness level: 9 to 12 months
Anticipated time for the technology/product to come in the market: 18 to 24 months
Any Hindrance(s) being faced w.r.t. the development of product/technology: Lack of Funds
Anticipated cost: Not Available
J.E.DIWAKAR, CSO CHIEF RESEARCH SCIENTIST
CENTRE FOR PRODUCT DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE