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3 Author(s)
Velazquez, R. ; Mecatronica y Control de Sist., Univ. Panamericana, Aguascalientes ; Preza, E. ; Hernández, H.

This paper presents the design and preliminary prototype of the TactoBook, a novel reading assistive device for the blind that is able to reproduce electronic books (eBooks) in portable electronic tactile displays. The TactoBook consists of a computer-based system that translates fast and automatically any eBook into Braille. The Braille version of the eBook is then stored in a USB memory drive which is later inserted and reproduced in a compact, lightweight and highly-portable tactile display. Braille readers can access published information immediately and store multiple eBooks in the same device without carrying the burdensome tactile print versions.

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Haptic Audio visual Environments and Games, 2008. HAVE 2008. IEEE International Workshop on

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18-19 Oct. 2008