Trio of Ohio State alums work to revolutionize the accessibility of Braille displays

Trio of Ohio State alums work to revolutionize the accessibility of Braille displays

  • A three-phase diagram depicts A Cube Design’s Enigma Reader, which is designed to be more affordable and accessible than current braille displays. Credit: Courtesy of Caroline Karbowski

  • (Left to right) Caroline Karbowski, Enan Srivastava and Garrett Carder celebrate after receiving $10,000 in funding for the development of the Enigma Reader. Credit: Caroline Karbowski

Three Ohio State alums are developing technology that could make Braille more accessible than ever.

Through their assistive technology company A Cubed Design, the trio is designing the Enigma Reader, a handheld Braille display that is slated to become the most easily obtainable product on the market, according to the company’s website.

According to the American Foundation for the Blind’s website, a Braille display is an external device that converts text — usually from a computer screen — to Braille via round-tipped pins raised through holes in a flat surface. Braille displays allow individuals with low vision, who would normally not be able to use a standard computer, to read text output.

Consisting of CEO and lead engineer Garrett Carder, Chief [...]

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