Braille Keyboard With Voice Output

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Introduction: Braille Keyboard With Voice Output

In this world, there are around 286 Million Visually impaired people, out of which around 39 million people are Blind. These people have very rare access to technology. Due to this reason, they have been left behind in the field of education. This is also the reason for their poor employability. Keeping this in mind I have designed a keyboard, using which the blind will be able to type data on to their laptops and desktop using the braille language and at the same time will be able to hear what they type. With the help of open source software "Cool Term", the typed text can also be converted into a Word document or a Text document.

So, in this instructable, I will be teaching you all to make such a Keyboard.

Step 1: Requirements

Components Required

Arduino Uno (1)

SD Card Module (1)

SD Card (1)

Push Buttons (6)

Slide Switch(1)

PCB or Bread Board (1)

Male to Female Audio Jack 3.5mm (1)

Jumper Wires (Few)

USB 2.0 Cable Type A/B (1)

9V battery with clip (1)

1K Resistors (7)

On/Off Switch (1)

5V Regulator (1)

Materials Required

A Hard-Cardboard box (1)

Step 2: Circuit Diagram

Connect all the components as per the circuit diagram. You can use a Breadboard or either solder everything on a PCB.

Step 3: Preparing the SD Card

Firstly, format the SD Card. In the formatting options, choose "FAT32 (Default)" under "File System". You can refer the images for clarification.

Then copy the audio files from Drive Link given-.Link for the audio files

It consists of the audio files of number, alphabets and punctuation marks. Then insert the SD card into the SD Card module in the circuit.

Step 4: Connecting and Assembling the Whole Circuit

Assemble the whole circuit inside a stiff box as shown in the figure.

Step 5: Dumping the Code

Copy the code from the link below and dump it on your Arduino Uno board using Arduino IDE.

The link for code.

Step 6: Configuring the Software "Cool Term"

Ones you have completed the above steps, you can type using your Braille Keyboard on the Serial Monitor of Arduino IDE.

If you want to covert the typed data into word document or text document, you will have to download an open source software "Cool Term".

Download Link for the Software - Link for the Software

The stepwise pictures for configuring the software have been uploaded.

Step 7: Testing the Braille Keyboard!

Connect your Braille Keyboard and start typing!

Check the out Video for the Demonstration of Working.

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    14 Discussions

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    NelsonRS
    NelsonRS

    Question 4 weeks ago

    what about the space bar? Nice project!

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    nagarajumuthoju21
    nagarajumuthoju21

    Question 8 weeks ago

    Sir/madam
    In tinkercad all the components are not there

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    DhirajKS
    DhirajKS

    Answer 8 weeks ago

    Yes.
    If you just want to connect the circuit, you can use Fritzing software.
    If you also want to simulate the circuit, then you can use Tinkercad.

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    priya2reply
    priya2reply

    8 months ago

    Awesome project! Keep it up :)

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    DhirajKS
    DhirajKS

    Reply 8 months ago

    Thank You!!

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    rpsahusbi
    rpsahusbi

    1 year ago

    A very portable and useful device.

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    DhirajKS
    DhirajKS

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!!

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    Wingletang
    Wingletang

    1 year ago

    A great project! You have my vote. I will be building one of these for my wife, who is totally blind.

    Your use of the audio files in the SD card has given me an idea for my next blind accessible project.

    See my Instructable in which I made our washing machine talk:

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Talking-Washing-M...

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    DhirajKS
    DhirajKS

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much ! I am feeling glad that my project will be helping your wife.

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    DhirajKS
    DhirajKS

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank You Pavan !

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    DhirajKS
    DhirajKS

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank You !