Braille Push Pad "Do Not Touch" the Paradox




Introduction: Braille Push Pad "Do Not Touch" the Paradox

About: I build therefore I am.

Please note:
This was done in the name of irony, not intended to offend in any way!

                    The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

In my line of work I come across some weird and wonderful things, one such thing was a request from a customer to have the signs on an automatic doors in braille.
One of the signs we use is a "Keep Clear", I was not sure how you can have a Keep Clear sign with braille!

That got me thinking about the paradox of a braille push pad that said Do not touch!

So, because I have a warped view of life I thought I should make one :-)

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Step 1: Design

Step 1, obtain the Braille alphabet

Step 2, do the design in AutoCAD and scale to the push pad size

Step 3, cut out design and stick it to the face of the push pad

Step 4, drill the holes with a 3.5mm drill bit

Step 2: Filling the Holes

For this I used some ally rivets and went back to the old ways they made ships, basically put the rivet in the hole and smack it with a hammer until it folds on itself.

Hitting things with a hammer makes it all better!

Fisrt off remove the pin from the rivet, put it into the hole and cut the back of the rivet so it is just proud of the plate.

Take a M8 bolt and then place it on the rivet and smack away, there is a destinct sound difference when the rivet is as flat as it will get.

Just mind your fingers as there are sharp bits from the drilling.

We bleed for our art!

Step 3: Add to the Portfolio

Now we have the finished article we can add it to the push pad portfolio.
At some point I intend to get it powdercoated and fitted somewhere in the office in which I work.
I am going to fit a sounder on a latching relay so when it is pushed .........

When it comes back with its fresh paint job I will post some finished images.

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    7 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Have you ever wondered why there is braille on drive in atm's at banks?

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    Reply 3 years ago

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I assume that the banks thought that if they make it that far then you wouldn't want to be stumped by the key pad!

    Have you ever seen See no evil Hear no evil?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I have a friend that is blind and his mom said that it is so that a blind person in the backseat of a car could use the atm. She thinks it is ridiculous because it is really hard to reach the atm from the backseat.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I just realized what was going on here, this was originally done last year, when it all went a little belly up, I had tried to be a smart are and I had incorporated grade 2 Braille which is not on the image above.
    The last two characters are ch and !
    So it actually says
    tou ch !

    My fault for trying to show off then forgetting what I was doing!
    This site includes grade 1 and grade 2 Braille characters.

    I have great respect for people who can read using this system, I can't even distinguish the letters and I can see them!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Your last two letters in TOUCH are wrong. The second half of the C and the H are upside down.

    Other than that, very cute...I think I'll make one for my reprap.