BrailleRing: The Braille Revolution

Tetragon is developing an innovative refreshable Braille display that will be small and, nevertheless, be capable of showing long lines of text. This is achieved by a ground-breaking technology which presents the Braille characters on the inside of a rotating ring.

ring-shaped mockup hold in one hand

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The EXPO office of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich) asked us to borrow prototypes for an exhibition. These prototypes (not the newest ones) will be on display together with other innovative projects in a display cabinet at the Ars Eletronica Center in Linz for a period of two months. The goal is to raise awareness for iLab, an exhibition area at the upcoming EXPO in Dubai.

iLab Austria

Due to the Corona crisis—and therefore limited access to buildings of TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology) and long delivery times—our prototype development is currently massively slowed down. However, our current sponsor, FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency), has granted a further extension of the funding period until the end of July to compensate for some of these inconveniences.

For the last three days we exhibited our work at the Zero Project Conference at the Vienna International Centre. We met several experts who gave us useful input on upcoming challenges and the market for Braille technology.

Zero Project Conference Website

Today we participated at the START:IP Matching Day, which was initiated by INiTS, one of Europe's top business incubators. Our main goal was to find partners with experience in the business field of niche markets. We gathered some interesting contacts and will have further meetings with three companies.

START:IP Website

Michael Treml's diploma thesis, which was one of the first steps in the development of our BrailleRing, was now awarded an audience award at the TÜV Austria Wissenschaftspreis (TÜV Austria science award). TÜV Austria is a leading Austrian service company in the field of technical testing, inspection, certification and training.

TÜV Austria Wissenschaftspreis (in German)

The period for our currently running funding from FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) called Spin-off Fellowship has been extended. Our BrailleRing project will still be based at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology) until the end of February 2020.

Spin-off Fellowship information

TU Wien

The slides from our presentation at IKT-Forum are now available on the hosts website. We enhanced these image-heavy slides by adding comments, so even people who did not attend the conference can get a good impression of our current state of development.

Commented IKT-Forum slides (PDF, in German)

We will give an update on our project on July 9th at the upcoming IKT-Forum in Linz, a conference for people with and without disabilities. Following our presentation, there will be an opportunity to see our current mockups. The conference will be held in German.

IKT-Forum (in German)

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