Braille Teach is a new product from the company Horizon Next, created by Rashid Aliyev, an entrepreneur and inventor based in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The product is an interactive hand-held device designed to help teach the Braille alphabet quickly and in a fun way using audio feedback. The company’s mission is that “Braille literacy must be accessible to all blind and visually impaired people.”
Rashid Aliyev was originally inspired to start Braille Teach
From a previous project called Braille Pad – a tablet with tactile display. When Aliyev was doing research, he noticed that it was hard to learn Braille and existing devices were too expensive, so he decided to work on a simple solution .
Braille Teach is designed for pre-school children who are blind or visually impaired who need to learn braille, family members, parents and organizations.
Aliyev has received support from the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan, RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind, UK), Baku American Center, Mujitler Atelyesi (Turkey), “Hope” NGO (Ukraine), School #5 for BVI (Azerbaijan), Bank of Baku (Azerbaijan), UAFA (United Aid for Azerbaijan), and some other organizations and individual persons.
Braille Teach has been working with organizations and individuals to improve the device. Some of the improvements include button sizes with big and small button versions, an additional headphone jack and languages.
Braille Teach plans to go into mass production and are seeking grants and investments.