Possibly Off-Topic: Elia, a tactile alphabet proclaiming to be anintuitive alternative to Braille.

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Mon Apr 23 07:48:36 UTC 2018

Two things spring to mind here.
First, there was special styryne coated paper of some sort one could print 
on, then roll through a heating system to bring up the tactile version of 
the image.  This is quite old technology.
Second, Moon as an alphabet was raised tactile simplified representations 
of the standard visual alphabet.  Do we know if this new one relates to that 
or is a new one altogether.

In all, it strikes me that it is all a new look at some old solutions that 
had their mileage at the time.
All the best inventions are simple and just a new slant or lateral thinking 
on existing technologies.

We do read a lot of blurb from such developers like they just invented the 
wheel for the blind. When we get access to it, and at a listening developer, 
we can usually iron out or refine their offerings to better suit our needs 
as we percieve them, rather than how they percieve them.  A world of 
difference can lay between these two perspectives.

There is so much scope for tactile material, for the sake of best 
presentation, or representation.

JMO, RobH.

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Subject: Re: Possibly Off-Topic: Elia, a tactile alphabet proclaiming to be 
anintuitive alternative to Braille.

It did look a little interesting, but I share much of the same
skepticism. I have no problem at all with Kickstarter, and I don't even
have a problem with the method of getting the letters to raise up on the
sheet of paper. However, I do have a bit of a problem with some company
saying they found something that works better than braille, when what
they really have done is try to change the English alphabet. I mean
really, if you're gonna modify an inkjet printer to print raised
letters, then you don't have to modify the alphabet in any way except to
make the letters larger so they are easy to feel. If the target truly is
those people who have become blind or visually impaired later in life,
then what is the point of making them learn new letters, when using the
same technique, they could simply read the letters they have used all
their lives? Just my thoughts.

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