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Braille Shoes

Shoes with a Braille writer
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Shoes with braille (tactile) pins on top to touch the top of the foot. Pins are large and can touch 2-3 letters at once.

Toe buttons are provided for control: Play, Pause, Rewind, etc., with safeguards from normal walking.

Books, transcripts, etc. play in your shoe. At first, they are also read aloud; then slowly turn the volume down as the wearer learns shoe braille. Eventually, person can talk on the phone, read on the computer and read from the braille-shoe.

Goal: add a channel of human input. (normal channels: Reading, Hearing)

Bcrosby, Sep 03 2008


       quite simply a stunning idea (+)
neilp, Sep 03 2008

       Perfectly potty!
calum, Sep 03 2008

egbert, Sep 03 2008

       The underneath of the foot would be a lot more sensitive to this sort of thing - so you'd have to have the 'pins' in the sole of the shoe, pointing up but I think the Braille signal could be differentiated from the general pressure on the sole of the foot caused by walking.
hippo, Sep 03 2008

       It would be interesting if Braille were the future of instant messaging. You could IM with as many people as you like while attending the board meeting...
phoenix, Sep 03 2008

       I can't find my copy of "Newtonian Casino" - wasn't this proposed in that scam?
coprocephalous, Sep 03 2008

       "Type toe" (through the Tulips)
Ling, Sep 03 2008

       Tis good.
I wonder if proximity sensors could activate pins around the sides of the foot for a sort of tactile radar.

       This would be great for my blind feet.
wagster, Sep 03 2008


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