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Annie-Self Learning Braille Device

 
Thinkerbell Labs
 
Last Updated On 29 May 2019
Product USP
  • Only device in the world that teaches to read, write, and type in Braille. 
  • Multilingual, localised and modularised content repository. Learn regional Braille in regional medium of instruction. 
  • Superior user experience that translates to customer delight 
  • No prerequisite of Braille required. Designed ubiquitously such that no switching costs involved. 
  • Tight integration with the analytics suite thus increasing involvement of sighted stakeholders (parents/teachers). 
 
Quick Summary
Product Category
Education
Price Range
Above 50000
Year Of Establishment
2016
Contact Name
Avinash Kothuri
Contact Number     9561905809
Contact Email    avinash@thinkerbelllabs.com
Organisation Address
262, 6TH MAIN ROAD STAGE 2, BTM LAYOUT
Bengaluru
Karnataka
560076
Product Description

Thinkerbell Labs is an e-learning company for the visually impaired, building smart class solutions to help increase Braille literacy rates. 

 

Braille, the tactile script for reading and writing is fundamental to their literacy, employability and independence. However, the braille literacy rate in India is less than 1%. India has the most visually impaired people in the world. The total annual economic burden due to visually impaired in India is estimated at USD 77 billion of which USD 22 billion is due to child blindness. Braille literacy and education are instruments which drastically enhance the chances of gainful employment for a visually impaired person.

 

 

We tackle this problem via smart class solutions revolving around our flagship innovation, Annie. Annie, the world’s first braille literacy device, helps the visually impaired learn to read, write and type in braille, on their own, through audio-guided gamified content. The interactive content on Annie is designed to keep the student engaged through lessons, games and challenges built in partnership with braille experts. The braille literacy ecosystem also includes a companion app for the guardian/teacher to create content on their own, schedule tests/homeworks and download curated content, and an analytics dashboard to monitor a student or a class’s progress.

 

How our Tech works?

Our flagship innovation, Annie, can be used directly by CYP (children and young people with Visual Impairment) to learn Braille on their own and be monitored by teachers or parents. The technology will enable self learning (which is completely missing in today’s methods), enable efficient classroom teaching akin to mainstream classrooms, introduce collective and competitive learning, ease homework delivery and evaluation, and bring in easy tracking of progress.

 

Special Features of the Product

1. Human-voiced audio-guided content that is interactive in nature.

2. Writing, Typing, and reading modules on the same device

3. World’s first digital writing slate. 

4. Instantaneous Feedback

5. Grade 1 and Grade 2 Braille 

6. Games, exercises, challenges, stories etc, to make learning fun

7. Learn English/regional Braille in English/regional medium of instruction. 

8. Mainstream teacher also can supervise multiple children learning Braille at the same time. 

9. Connected device that works well online and offline. Download new content, schedule tests/homework etc. 

10. Track performance and usage on analytics dashboard. Easier learning evaluation for teachers, and more involvement for sighted parents. 

11. Light-weight, child-friendly content, and ergonomic keys. 

 


Recent Projects and Users

Name of the Project: Annie Smart Class

Braille, the tactile script for reading and writing is fundamental to their literacy, employability and independence. However, the braille literacy rate in India is less than 1%.

 

The current issues resulting in the abysmal Braille literacy rates are: 

  • Old and outdated methodologies of learning braille
  • Acute shortage of trained tutors
  • Mainstream teachers and parents (who don’t know braille) are not equipped to deal with the needs of a VI student
  • Lack of opportunities for self-learning
  • Lack of access to on-demand learning content
  • Lack of access to appropriate systems of consumption
  • Patchy appropriations of mainstream content for the VI

 

The Annie Smart Class is a smart class solution centred around the Braille literacy device Annie, and enables efficient classroom teaching of Braille for the visually impaired. Similar to a language lab or a computer lab, an Annie smart class brings in self-learning and collaborative learning for the children while increasing the impact and efficiency of a teacher. The smaller Smart class setups (called Gurukuls) are focused towards resource centers and inclusive education setups catering to a lesser number of Visually Impaired children. Being a connected setup, the children are able to access the latest quality content, while the teachers/parents can track performance and usage metrics of the children to effectively monitor progress. 

 

About Thinkerbell Labs

Thinkerbell Labs is an e-learning company for the visually impaired, building smart class solutions to help increase Braille literacy rates. We have built the world’s first Braille literacy device that helps a visually impaired person learn to read, write, and type in Braille on their own. 

 

Braille, the tactile script for reading and writing is fundamental to their literacy, employability and independence. However, the braille literacy rate in India is less than 1%. This is an alarming statistic given that India has the most visually impaired people in the world.

 

We are working towards smart solutions to increase efficiency of Braille learning and to make education inclusive. By partnering with us, we can work together on building a stronger, more independent VI community, and a more inclusive society. 

 

 

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