Setty has already conceptualised the improvements he wants to see in the final (fifth, if you were counting) prototype:
1. Two Braille cells, instead of the present one, to make sure the complete Bharati Braille can be taught including
of Indian languages 2. Built- in battery and charging capability for operation in remote/rural areas where power outages are quite frequent
3. Locally made improved solenoids (with high push force) 4. A headphone socket interface 5. Volume control facility the device to store all the sounds. Proprietary software was developed to UeDG WKe SD FDUG DnG SODy DuGiR fiOeV in a synchronised manner in real time. The DuGiR iV UeFRnVWUuFWeG IURP wDve fiOeV using pulse-width modulation. After getting the software and hardware right, we FRnGuFWeG fieOG WUiDOV RI WKe GeviFe. It’s then we realised that teaching Indian languages and abbreviations required two Braille cells,” explains Setty.
Finally, the team started work on the fourth prototype in April this year. They still had one technical challenge to crack—the imported solenoids were too expensive to make the product viable and too low in force. This was a critical aspect to be addressed before the product was formally announced.
So the team worked with a Mumbai-based company, to design a coil for the hybrid design of a solenoid and linear motor to multiply the force of the solenoid. The solenoids are driven by aarlington transistor arrays.
Setty is pretty excited about the product and how it will be received by the focus market. The product is expected to be ready for release in October this year.
“We have not announced it formally, as of yet. But we have certainly demonstrated it in various blind schools and NGOs, who are very keen to know about the production date,” informs Setty.