[Nfbmo] {Spam?} U of Michigan working on reasonably priced pneumatic full page Braile display

Shelia Wright sbwright95 at att.net
Wed Aug 31 17:11:26 UTC 2016

Thanks for sharing this.

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Hi all,
       Here's a video from YouTube regarding  a prototype full-page refreshable Braille display being developed by researchers  at the University of Michigan.
    Following the link is a copy of the information provided  with the video.  The first paragraph describes the video, the last 3  describe the academic activities of the researchers.  It does appear that  the head researcher, Prof. Silke O'Modhrain, does appear to be blind  herself.
Reading a computer screen in Braille is a  cumbersome process today. The visually impaired people who rely on the system of  raised dots only have access to one line at a time. Beyond that, current systems  don't translate charts or graphs. A team of researchers from Michigan  Engineering and the School of Music, Theater and Dance are working on a  solution. Their technology, which has been described as a leader in the field,  relies on pneumatic use of liquid or air to shrink the mechanism and expand it  so it can display more at once. Their goal is for it to display the equivalent  of a page of Kindle text at once. 

Professor Sile O’Modhrain earned a BA in music from  Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and a licentiate in piano teaching from  Trinity College London. She holds an MS in music technology from the University  of York, York, England, and a Ph.D. in computer-based music theory from Stanford University.Professor O'Modhrain has worked as a researcher and faculty member,  both here and abroad, at the prestigious MIT Media Lab, Media Lab Europe, and at the Sonic Arts Research Center at Queen's University of Belfast. She has also  worked for BBC Radio as an audio engineer and program producer. Her research  focus is on haptics–touch and gesture–and its relationship to music performance  and on the development of new interfaces for technology-enhanced instruments  that extend the boundaries of musical expression. Also impressive is her  combination of experience in many areas related to audio, psychoacoustics,  computer music, cognition, and gestural control of music. 

Brent Gillespie is an associate professor of mechanical engineering  with research interests in haptic interfaces and robotics. Prof. Gillespie obtained his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and his MS and PhD from Stanford University. At Stanford he  was associated both with the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics  (CCRMA) and the Dextrous Manipulation Laboratory. After his PhD, he spent three  years as a postdoc at Northwestern University working in the Laboratory for  Intelligent Machines (LIMS).

Alexander Russomanno  received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in  2012. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical  Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 
His research interests  involve microfluidics, surface haptic interface design and human-machine  interfaces.

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