New Braille developed by IIT-Kharagpur for Visually Challenged.
The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur has developed a unique software that converts Indian languages into Braille for the visually challenged. The Sparsh Transliteration System, by IIT-Kgp's Communication Empowerment Lab, led by Anupam Basu, can convert texts from languages like Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Oriya, etc.
Basu, a professor at IIT-Kgp's Department of computer science and engineering, told Media, "The software takes any Indian language text as input in Unicode and can convert it to Braille and facilitates the production of Braille textbooks,”.
“This helps the visually challenged to access information from a variety of sources," said Basu.
IIT-Kgp recently made a deal with Odisha's Siksha 'O' Anusandhan University to produce necessary Braille books in Odiya through Sparsha.
"It is being used in many places in India and we are planning to go for large-scale deployment. We have talked to blind schools in Bengal and also the Bengal government. We are planning to approach other state governments as well," Basu said.
The 'speech-enabled Baishakhi keyboard' is another assistive technology that has been developed for the visually challenged, among the variety of pioneering technologies already in place.
"Using this software, the blind people will be able to type (Bangla and English) and hear what they are typing,' Basu said.
The invention of such assistive technologies will greatly benefit the visually-challenged individuals in adapting and succeeding in their lives.