Dot Master : Braille printer

University essay from KTH/Maskinkonstruktion (Inst.); KTH/Maskinkonstruktion (Inst.)

Abstract: Braille is a writing system that uses tactile dots in apredetermined order which, in relation to each other, representdifferent letters in the alphabet. This writing systemmakes it possible for people with visual impairmentsto take part of the written media. But the availability ofhome based braille printers is limited and these printers areoften expensive. The purpose of this project is to investigateif it is possible to build a home based braille printerfor a low cost using microcontrollers, and thereby making itmore accessible to people with visual impairment. In orderto achieve this, a prototype was built using an microcontrollertogether with stepper motors and a solenoid. Thesecomponents were then controlled by code through user inputand translated to required movements. Each switchcase then calls a set of functions that activates the steppersand the solenoid in the order needed to get the desiredcharacter. In the time frame given, the project resulted ina prototype able to print out the input it was given. Asfor the cost of building your own Braille printer in comparisonto buying one on the market highly depends on whatprocessing machines are accessible.

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