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Quest for the Holy Braille: Dynamic Tactile Device Update

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 1:20 PM PST  
Grand AB  
In 2020 APH put out a Request For Information (RFI) to search for a partner who possessed the technology and dream of designing the first tactile device capable of producing both tactile graphics and standard braille on the same surface. HumanWare and DOT Inc answered the call and have since partnered with APH to develop the Dynamic Tactile Device (DTD). APH is the largest producer of tactile textbooks in the country, however, these textbooks often take months to produce and can arrive late, leaving the student at a further disadvantage when learning. The primary goal of the DTD project is to create a tactile E-Reader capable of displaying a textbook in a natural fashion that mimics the experience a student has when reading a physical textbook. Once produced, this textbook will be digitally sent to the student or teacher, eliminating the significant production time and cost it takes to emboss, bind, pack and ship the book to the student. This E-Textbook reader is just one of several tactile experiences that will be opened up by this innovative tool. Attendees of this session will be introduced to the DTD project, understand the current status of this undertaking and learn how to get involved going forward. This massive project will only succeed with the community‚Äôs help and input.  
  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
  • Entertainment & Recreation
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Last year APH, HumanWare and DOT Inc partnered to design the Dynamic Tactile Device, a tool that produces tactile graphics and standard braille on the same surface. This session will explain the milestones achieved, the current status of the project.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
  • Development
  • Education
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
Session Type
General Track  


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