Graphite, a vernacular reader for the blind
Graphite, a text to voice converter device has been developed for blind students by Trestle Labs.
Graphite is low-cost, small and easy to carry
Graphite scans the document placed on its screen, converts it into digital content and then reads it out loud for the user. There are similar devices available internationally too.
The difference is that Graphite is specially designed for Indian languages, and its Hindi and Marathi pronunciations are better than similar devices in the market.
The device took 10 months to design and develop and the aim is to enable blind students to read independently. Once scanned, the device stores the data into cloud so that the user may play it again as per their convenience.
The device is so small that it can be carried in a bag. The instrument is low-cost and will be a boon for the blind.