I started this project in 2016 with the goal to create an electronic Braille refreshable display that was really affordable and to make this technology available to everyone. With the initial support of Italian association for people with impaired vision, after working on several iterations, I designed a modular electronic Braille character with a magnetic retaining system with a really low parts count, easy to reproduce or to scale up for production.
The project was self-funded, and I decided to not patent this system because I’d like to see as many people as possible benefit from it. I made the project completely open-source and is available here: https://hackaday.io/project/12442-molbed-modular-low-cost-braille-electronic-display
- Finalist of the “Make to Care 2016” competition by Sanofi Genzyme
- 2016 Hackaday Prize Semifinalists, Assistive Tech
- First Prize in the Assistive Tech Contest 2020, hosted by Instructables.com