In the United States, 70% of citizens who are blind are unemployed or underemployed. However, 80% of those who use Braille are employed.” - Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins Next Generation Brailler
The Classic Perkins Brailler has over 700 moving mechanical parts, took 10 years to invent, has become a critical part of visually impaired education around the world.. and Perkins entrusted PDT to update every detail.
Needing an Update
PDT coordinated ethnographic research on a global scale to identify the current reach and new opportunities for Perkins.
Research included returning for user feedback throughout the process. Not only did we get a read on the product details, but also the varying contexts in which it will live.
PDT identified how the goals of smaller size, weight, key force and various features could be achieved through new materials, configurations and thinking.
Achieving the Goals
The Perkins Next Generation Brailler is now being actively used in classrooms and homes around the world. Less force, less weight, less noise, more possibilities and the potential to bring Braille literacy into the 21st century.
Possibilities and Potential
Product Development Technologies (PDT) is a global, full-service product design and development firm with 120 employees worldwide. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including strategy, scouting, design research, industrial design, user experience development, mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, and sourcing. PDT’s award winning product designs have been recognized with more than 70 awards from authorities such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Industrial Designers Society of America and The Consumer Electronics Association.