Korean Startup OHFA Tech, Inc. has created Taptilo, a smart braille education device. This product is a great way to teach braille to younger children (pre-K to grade 5) who are blind or visually impaired or just about anyone who is starting to learn braille. Their device has raised dots that automatically refresh every time and can be connected to an app via Bluetooth or wifi for full customization. This way students can learn on their own or with a guide in a fun and innovative way.
Taptilo is great for beginners. The braille dots on the device are larger than standard braille, which allows the learner to easily distinguish all the bumps and spaces. The standard-sized braille can be a bit difficult for kids or beginners who are not used to it.
How Taptilo Works
To read, use your fingers to scan the patterns on the lower half (reading cells) of the device. To write, push or pull the pins on the blocks on the upper half (writing blocks).
Taptilo is great for self-learning, which users can do by pushing the circle button on the right side. When paired with the Taptilo app, it is also a powerful tool for teaching, as it can allow anyone to start teaching braille. You do not need to know braille to start using Taptilo.
Taptilo has 5 learning programs that the user can choose from.
- Trace & Write
Taptilo will show a braille word and say it aloud. The user will scan it with their fingers to read the word.
Trace & Write
Taptilo will show a braille word and say it aloud. The user will trace the braille word and match it by putting the correct blocks on top.
Taptilo will say the word. The user will listen to the word and spell it out on top by using the blocks. Then Taptilo will check the answer.
Write any word using the blocks and Taptilo will read the word out loud. You can also do it with through the app using Teaching Mode.
Taptilo will show scrambled letters. Users will try to spell the word by placing the blocks in the right order. Then Taptilo will check the answer.
To access the Teaching Mode, simply sync the product with the Taptilo app. Then you will see 4 study programs with sub teaching categories for each program. Teachers will be able to keep track of how many times each word is practiced. This product is a must-have for those looking to teach their kids braille.