In late 2008 NBP President, Brian Mac Donald, created the Center for Braille Innovation (CBI) in response to the rapidly changing digital world. CBI was created with four objectives in mind:
Team CBI has had over 25 people volunteer their time including individual engineers, researchers, TVIs, and organizations such as Google, IBM, University of Michigan, M.I.T., Northeastern University, and UCLA.
The first product we developed is the B2G, a portable braille computer/notetaker that costs thousands of dollars less than similar products on the market. A second product is the Tactile Caliper, a simple mechanical ruler that allows blind people to measure accurately to 1/16th of an inch. The Caliper was a prize winner from our Touch of Genius Prize, discussed below. See Products in Development for some of the other exciting partnerships we are working on.
The Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation, a $20,000 prize provided through the support of The Gibney Family Foundation, recognizes an individual or group of individuals who contribute to innovation in the field of tactile literacy and software for blind people. As part of the Center for Braille Innovation, the Touch of Genius Prize helps inspire innovation in technology and education and acts as a vehicle for exploring partnerships with those who are on the forefront of tactile innovations. Learn more about the Touch of Genius Prize.