IMS CHIPS has been developing and manufacturing specialized micro chips to activate piezo-electric Braille modules for the metec AG for years. Within the frame of the Hyperbraille project a two-dimensional interactive graphics supporting Braille display was developed. This shall for the first time enable the vision impaired access to a computer program user interface with graphics as is standard today for "seeing" individuals.
The Hyperbraille display with an approximate diameter of 34 cm is not only limited to displaying Braille but can also display any outlines, such as program windows or buttons. In addition, all elements of the display are touch sensitive, i. e. the user is able to trigger actions by tipping the display when usually using the mouse. This functionality is reached through a IMS Mixed Signal ASIC that recognizes the minimal capacity variation caused through the touch of a finger on the plate and forwards this signal on to the control.
The demo display of the project that was sponsored by the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft (BMWi) with 5.8 Mio. Euro over the course of three years is displayed at the metec AG booth (booth D13).
Fachmesse SightCity: https://www.sightcity.net
Projekt Hyperbraille: https://www.hyperbraille.de