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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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)

Today we had a first meeting with Resch GmbH, an Austrian company from Styria specialized on prototyping and production. It was a very pleasant meeting and Resch will immediately start to manufacture some parts for our next prototypes, hopefully marking the beginning of a long-time collaboration to make our BrailleRing reality.

We were invited to present our project at an event called Venturepreneurship Aula at the University of Graz. Today's Venturepreneurship Aula had a focus on social entrepeneurship. In a short pitch we asked for contacts to manufacturers as possible consulters for the prototyping and as future producers of our BrailleRing. A lot of people were willing to help and shared their contacts with us.

Venturepreneurship Aula (in German)

The patent describing our BrailleRing won Staatspreis Patent for the best Austrian invention. The award was presented by the minister of transport, innovation and technology as well as by the president of the Austrian patent office.

Staatspreis Patent (in German)

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