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If you’re blind and you want to use mobile technology, your options are very limited. Back in 2015 we wrote about the Dot Smartwatch, which uses a grid of rising and falling pins to spell out words in braille. Now The University of Michigan is developing a system to develop cheap braille tablets to bring to market.

In lieu of a motor (or a pin system, like the Dot), the system that the University is developing uses microfluidic bubbles filled with either air or liquid to quickly produce readable bumps. With no motor, the system doesn’t take up a lot of space and a tablet using the technology could be produced for under $1,000.

The video posted below goes into what went into the technology and the motivations behind it. It’s a wonderful development, and although using a tablet without the gift of sight will always be a drastically different experience, there’s no reason this technology should only be available to those who can see.

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