Updated Aug 05, 2019

Braillist

Braillist is creating an essential tool for the blind to use in learning braille and using the smartphone.

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Jaewoo Ahn

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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

In January 2019, Rivo braille dictionary samples were produced for a short but encompassing test with selected students at Bogota, Colombia. The result was impressive that the average score reached 87% with the dictionary from 29% without it.

Focus Areas:

Disability, Education and Digital Inclusion & Connectivity

Disability, Education and Digital Inclusion & ConnectivitySEE LESS

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Key Partner
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Employee
$1,169,565
Funds Raised to Date
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Problem

Braille is a tactile reading and writing system for the blind. However, more than 90% of the blind can't read it. Learning takes much time and effort, but there is no affordable and effective tool to use. Further, the smartphone is an indispensable tool for everyone to communicate, work, play, and is equally important, if not more, for the blind. There are, however, practical limitations for them to use it with touch gestures without seeing.

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Solution

Braillist is developing a compact digital dictionary for the blind to look up braille letters and words easily and immediately in many languages and subjects. It can help them learn and read braille independently and expand braille knowledge. Moreover, the braille dictionary is bundled with Rivo which provides essential functions to improve the smartphone user experience of the blind. They can use the smartphone much better and improve daily productivity, independence, and quality of life.

Target Beneficiaries

Any blind person who wants to learn and read braille, expand knowledge of letters in subjects like foreign languages, mathematics, science, music, and so on, and also who wants to use the smartphone better to improve daily productivity, independence, and quality of life.

Mission and Vision

We'd like to improve the braille learning environment of the blind with the compact braille dictionary, thereby decreasing the worldwide illiteracy rate of more than 90% of the blind. We'd also like to improve the smartphone user experience of the blind with the integrated Rivo and added features so that they can improve daily productivity, independence, and quality of life.

Innovation Description

The blind can use Rivo to look up braille letters and words easily and immediately so that they can learn and read braille conveniently, anytime and anywhere. Further, they can also use Rivo to use the smartphone more easily, quickly, and precisely so that they can access digital information, communicate with people, work and play better.

Competitive Advantage

Rivo is an essential tool for the blind to learn braille and to use the smartphone better.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We will expand languages and subjects supported in the braille dictionary and integrate the dictionary and the Rivo smoothly with added features so that the blind can use it every day as an essential tool to improve daily productivity, independence, and quality of life.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Jaewoo is a co-founder and CEO. He majored in math and computer science. After working at a research institute and tech companies, he has focused on assistive technology. Yura is a co-founder and director. She worked at braille teaching and publishing departments of institutions and schools while continuing her graduate study. Being blind since age 5, she naturally has a great interest in assistive technology and now guides people in the right direction with insight.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestones

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
TITLEThe Role of Assistive Technology in Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities
ORGANIZATIONUnited Nations Children's FundUnited Nations Children's Fund
as part of
Interactive exhibition on assistive technology
Jan 2019
Key Partnership
Implementation
ORGANIZATIONColombia National Institute for the Blind (INCI)
Jan 2019
New Product or Service
Braille dictionary samples produced
Apr 2018
New Product or Service
Rivo product launched
Nov 2017
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$269,780