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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2024-02
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Low-cost open hardware for creating Braille content

BrailleRAP is an open source Braille embosser. AccessBrailleRAP software give you the ability to translate a text document into Braille and emboss the Braille characters on paper with the BrailleRAP device. DesktopBrailleRAP software project aim to build a desktop publishing application suitable to build tactile documents for unsighted people with the Braille embosser BrailleRAP.

The application brings the ability to import vector graphics in SVG format, or create text label with a position and orientation on a page layout. Text labels are translated in Braille with the ability to choose the Braille standard (language in a simplified manner). Vector graphics are decomposed in series of dot positions along path. All dots from Braille characters and paths are converted in GCODE commands for the BrailleRAP embosser. The result is a tactile document with accurate embossed Braille and tactile 2d graphics made by a series of close dots. DesktopBrailleRAP aim to build a suitable tool for individual or teacher to build tactile documents for unsighted people, such as geographic maps, building or organization maps (like school or campus), public transportation maps or teaching plans in biology and mathematics (geometry). The funding from NLnet will allow the development of the first public release with suitable documentation.

Run by Astrolabe CAE

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.