IIT Kharagpur Lab has developed software for translating Indian languages into Braille
The software known as Touch Transliteration System can convert text from Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Oriya etc.
Researchers at the Communication Empowerment Lab at IIT Kharagpur, led by Anupam Basu, have developed software that can convert Indian languages into Braille. Named Sparsh Transliteration System, it can convert text from Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Oriya etc.
Talking about the work of the software, Mr. Basu said that it takes Indian language as input in Unicode, which is later converted to Braille. The highlight feature of the software is that once the text is converted, it can be printed using any Braille printer. The Premier Indian Engineering Institute has an agreement with the University of Education ‘O’ Research to print Braille books using the Sparsh transliteration system. The research involved in the project seeks to liaise with other state governments to use the software to publish Braille books.
Besides touch, IIT-KGP has also set up labs.Baishakhi ‘ Keyboard, which features voice commands. This will help visually impaired users to type in English and Bengali. Users will be able to hear what they type, bringing the conversation closer to the visually impaired world. The keyboard is designed to help you perform various daily activities on your PC, such as browsing the Internet, sending emails and likes.