It is said that, success doesn't necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. In MIT’s premier technology design competition (MakeMIT Hackathon), a group of women students had just 15 hours to come up with an innovative and revolutionary idea that would make people’s lives better. Moreover, they had to beat almost hundreds of students to come up with this idea which comprised of best student hackers around the world. Not only did they manage to come up with a brilliant idea, they also executed their idea with great perfection.
Young inventors Chandani Doshi, Grace Li, Jialin Shi, Bonnie Wang, and Tania Yu applied their creative minds to come up with the foundation of TACTILE, world’s first ever real time, text-to-Braille converter. As expected, there were lots of challenges and hurdles, but the team eventually managed to present their idea.
One of the group members Shi said, "Basically, nothing came together until the last 15 minutes. That’s when we were finally able to take a picture of some text and finally translate that into some motor movement, which translated into a Braille character. It was stressful, but it was definitely one of the highlights of our time here at MIT — that moment when something you make from scratch finally works and your concept is realized."
Their due diligence and persistence led them to first position in the Hackathon. The most amazing feature of their creation is the affordability and efficiency and the ability to improve Braille literacy, which is indeed wonderful. Though there are different devices out in the market based on this idea, many of them lag in certain important parameters when compared to TACTILE.
The team is still working on their idea to make sure it turns out be as efficient as possible. Their product has lots of potential and is also selected to be a part of Microsoft’s #MAKEWHATSNEXT Patent Program.
This magnificent effort from women inventors is certainly outstanding and we hope they achieve much more success with their idea in future.
Title image: news.microsoft