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Optacon - a replacement for braille?

Efron, Nathan (1977) Optacon - a replacement for braille? Australian Journal of Optometry, 60(4), pp. 118-129.

Abstract

The Optacon is a versatile reading aid for the blind that will eventually change education and employment concepts for the visually handicapped. It is an elector-mechanical device which immediately converts printed characters to a vibrating tactile stimulus. The reading rate with the Optacon is about half that of Braille, which is satisfactory considering the inherent design problems. Training regimes are discussed, and selected evaluation reports are presented. It is concluded that the Optacon might well supersede Braille, and a five-stage deployment model is proposed.

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ID Code: 10797
Item Type: Journal Article
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ISSN: 0045-0642
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Optical Technology (111302)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1977 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:49

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