BLITAB, the tablet for blind people now is reality

by Beatrice Credi - 2014.10.17
BLITAB, the tablet for blind people now is reality
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Nowadays, the fashion of tablet hits everyone. But if this jewel of technology was also perfectly usable by blind and visually impaired? It is the challenge of BLITAB. A kind of e-reader that, instead of using a normal screen to display text, uses micro bubbles in relief, which emerge from the surface and allow you to read or compose a Braille text. Idea – for now just a prototype but from the website you can already pre-order one – that comes from three young Bulgarian boys, then moved to Vienna for the realization of the project. The inspiration comes from an experience of everyday life. “I was at university – says Kristina Tsvetanova one of the inventors – and a mate asked me to book him an online exam. I found it odd, who does not know how to use a computer today, then I realized that he was blind.” The potential contained in the invention has been noticed even by the European Commission. BLITAB has, in fact, won the “European Innovator 2014” award.