Category: Perceptual Training Activity for Visually Impaired

Tactile Portable Translator

AbleData does not produce, distribute or sell any of the products listed on this website, but we provide you with information on how to contact manufacturers or distributors of these products. If you are interested in purchasing a product, you can find companies who sell it below.

The Tactile Portable Translator is a portable device prototype created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by Team Tactile to help blind people convert text to braille in real time. It is the size of a candy bar and completely portable. 

Technical Specifications: 

The creators have applied for a patent for the device, although they are already working on its next iteration.


Price Check
as of: 
Tactile Portable Translator

Made By:

Tactile (a division of Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Organization Type: 

Based out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tactile (Patent Pending) aims to revolutionize Braille technology. Tactile is the first portable real-time text to Braille converter. Tactile aims to help those who are visually impaired to increase access to the printed text around them at a low price point. They started Tactile from the MakeMIT hackathon and have since go on to iterate and expand on our vision for a more affordable, applicable and accessible Braille device. Tactile is still in development. Its team is currently working on developing a new braille actuation mechanism and text processing method. 

Their team is composed of six MIT undergraduate seniors from mechanical engineering, materials science and electrical engineering & computer science. Not only does their team have a strong technical background, but they also have entrepreneurial and business experience from our various internships and projects.