Gadget that Helps Blind Children Write

Mar 18, 2011
Writing is a difficult task for blind people. Stephen Brewster, a professor at University of Glasgow, has created a haptic system that teaches visually impaired children to write.

The haptic system called McSig uses the device Phantom Omni, a force-feedback pen that has a motorized arm that can move in three dimensions, guiding child's hand for writing.

Stephen Brewster together with the University of Auckland has tested the haptic device on blind children in Auckland schools and the results are quite good. After just 20 minutes of practicing with this device, the children were able to write quite well. The gadget can direct or restrain the movements, which allow the students to feel the right movements and learn the letters.