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. Using the touch-sensitive 18 x 11 inch peg plate the blind and vision impaired can illustrate graphical elements or tables. In addition, the illustration area of the display is 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 an 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 sponsored by the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft (BMWi) can be seen at the Metec AG booth (booth D13).
A technical advisor of the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie will be presenting the "Hyperbraille" project at the SightCity exhibition on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010.
Fachmesse SightCity: https://www.sightcity.net
Projekt Hyperbraille: www.hyperbraille.de