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The BecDot is a toy that helps teach vision-impaired kids to read braille

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Learning braille is a skill that, like most, is best learned at an early age by those who need it. But toddlers with vision impairment often have few or no options to do so, leaving them behind their peers academically and socially. The BecDot is a toy created by parents facing that challenge that teaches kids braille in a fun, simple way, and is both robust and affordable.

Beth and Jake Lacourse’s daughter Rebecca (that’s her up top playing with the prototype) was born with Usher Syndrome, a common cause of blindness and deafness. After finding existing braille toys and teaching tools either too basic, too complex, or too expensive, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Jake happens to have a background in product design, having worked for years at a company that creates simple, durable environmental sensors. But this was a unique challenge — how to make a toy that doubles as a braille teaching aid? Months later, however, he had created a prototype of a production device, albeit with a one-off 3D printed case.

You can see it in action at the TechCrunch booth at CES here:

The BecDot has a colorfully lit surface on which toys equipped with NFC tags (programmed through an app) can be placed. Once the tag is detected, for instance on a toy cow, up to four braille letters appear, formed by lifted pegs: C-O-W. The device can also emit a sound uploaded by the parent or teacher.

It’s simple, yes — as toys should be for kids this age. Yet it affords blind and partially sighted kids the opportunity to learn the alphabet and identify short words at the same time and in much the same way as sighted children. And with the sounds, lights, and the possibility of integration with books and lessons, kids will likely find it plenty of fun.

Here it’s worth noting that kids with disabilities often suffer doubly, first from simply not having the same senses or mobility as other kids, but secondly from the social isolation that results from not being able to interact with those kids as naturally as they interact with one another. This in turn causes them to fall further behind, isolating them further, and so on in a self-perpetuating cycle. This effect snowballs as time goes on, shrinking kids’ prospects of higher education and employment. We’re talking 70 percent unemployed here.

The BecDot and devices like it could help short circuit that cycle, both allowing kids to connect with others and learn on their own through play.

One of the things holding back devices like this is the complexity and cost of braille displays. If you think what’s behind an LCD is complicated, imagine if every pixel needed to actually move up and down independently and withstand frequent handling. The braille equivalents of e-readers can cost thousands to display a sentence or two at a time — but of course kids don’t need that.

Unsatisfied with the available options, Jake decided to engineer his own. He created a simple Scotch yoke mechanism that can control up to three dots at a time, meaning two of them can create a braille letter. It’s all controlled by an Arduino Uno. Simple means cheap, and the other parts are far from expensive; he told me that his bill of materials right now is around $50, and he could probably get it below $30.

Such a low cost would make the BecDot highly attractive, I should think, for any school with vision-impaired students. And of course there’s nothing stopping sighted kids from playing with the gadget either, as I’m sure they will.

Right now the BecDot is only in prototype phase, but the Lacourses sounded optimistic during CES, when I met with them. They’d been selected for a reward and exhibition by Not Impossible, an organization that creates and advocates for tech in the humanitarian space. Jake tells me that their time at the show exceeded his expectations, and that they got a chance to speak with people who can help both move the device towards market and advance the message he and Beth are trying to get out.

Toys like this (follow-up devices could have more letters or spaces for input) could help close the literacy and socialization gap that leads to many deaf and blind people being unemployed and dependent on others later in life. And having educational toys aimed at underserved, marginalized, and at-risk populations seems obvious in retrospect. It’s a simple idea in some ways, but only made possible by a creative and innovative application of technology and, of course, love.

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Game of Thrones finale nerve-wracking to film, says Maisie Williams; ‘Show has been my safety net’

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Jan,18 2018 14:57 58 IST

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams said she is slightly nervous for the finale season of the fantasy epic show.

Maisie Williams. Image from Facebook/@ConstanceMaisieWilliams

Maisie Williams. Image from Facebook/@ConstanceMaisieWilliams

The -year-old actor, who will next be seen in the film Early Man, said the end of the hit HBO series will take away her “safety blanket” but she is game for newer challenges.

“I’m currently filming for the final season, which is all a bit weird. It’s been my entire career.
“It’s exciting now that I can do more things like this (Early Man) and really shape my career to things that I want to do, but it’s a little bit nerve-wracking because this has been my safety blanket and safety net,” Williams said on the show Lorraine.

The actor, who plays Arya Stark in the blockbuster series, said it was difficult for her to strike a balance between her studies and the show.

“I was 12 when I got the part. I juggled both work and school at the same time for a while, but it was such an intense schedule. I went through school and GCSEs, but my character only got bigger and bigger so I was homeschooled for a little while and it was a strange little time. It feels ages ago now,” she said.
Game of Thrones does not return until 2019.

Published Date: Jan 18, 2018 14:57 PM | Updated Date: Jan 18, 2018 14:57 PM

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Filmfare Awards 2018: Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Secret Superstar receive multiple nominations; see complete list

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The 63rd edition of the Jio Filmfare Awards is all set to take place on 20 January at Dome NSCI SVP Stadium in Mumbai, and the complete list of nominations was announced recently.

The Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt starrer Badrinath Ki Dulhania has received several nominations and so has Zaira Wasim and Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar. Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon’s Bareilly Ki Barfi also received a fair number of nominations.

Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha managed to get itself a Best Film nomination while Shah Rukh Khan too got himself a nomination for Best Actor for crime-drama Raees.

Posters of Badrinath Ki Dulhani and Secret Superstar.

Posters of Badrinath Ki Dulhani and Secret Superstar.

Here are the complete list of Nominees for the 63rd Filmfare Awards (2018):

Best Film

  1. Badrinath Ki Dulhania
  2. Bareilly Ki Barfi
  3. Hindi Medium
  4. Secret Superstar
  5. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Best Director

  1. Advait Chandan – Secret Superstar
  2. Ashwini Iyer Tiwari – Bareilly Ki Barfi
  3. Ssket Chaudhary – Hindi Medium
  4. Shashank Khaitan – Badrinath Ki Dulhania
  5. Shree Narayan Singh – Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male)

  1. Akshay Kumar – Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
  2. Ayushmann Khurrana – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
  3. Hrithik Roshan – Kaabil
  4. Irrfan Khan – Hindi Medium
  5. Shah Rukh Khan – Raees
  6. Varun Dhawan – Badrinath Ki Dulhania

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female)

  1. Alia Bhatt – Badrinath Ki Dulhania
  2. Bhumi Pednekar – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
  3. Saba Qamar – Hindi Medium
  4. Sridevi – Mom
  5. Vidya Balan – Tumhari Sulu
  6. Zaira Wasim – Secret Superstar

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male)

  1. Aamir Khan – Secret Superstar
  2. Deepak Dobriyal – Hindi Medium
  3. Manav Kaul – Tumhari Sulu
  4. Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Mom
  5. Pankaj Tripathi – Newton
  6. Rajkummar Rao – Bareilly Ki Barfi

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)

  1. Meher Vij – Secret Superstar
  2. Ratna Pathak Shah – Lipstick Under My Burkha
  3. Seema Pahwa – Bareilly Ki Barfi
  4. Seema Pahwa – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
  5. Tillotama Shome – A Death In The Gunj

Best Music Album

  1. Badrinath Ki Dulhania – Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi and Akhil Sachdeva
  2. Bareilly Ki Barfi – Arko, Tanishk Bagchi, Samira Koppikar, Sameer Uddin and Vayu
  3. Half Girlfriend – Mithoon, Tanishk Bagchi, Rishi Rich, Farhan Saeed, Rahul Mishra, Ami Mishra
  4. Jab Harry Met Sejal – Pritam
  5. Jagga Jasoos – Pritam
  6. Secret Superstar – Amit Trivedi

Best Lyrics

  1. Amitabh Bhattacharya – ‘Galti Se Mistake’ (Jagga Jasoos)
  2. Amitabh Bhattacharya – ‘Ullu Ka Pattha’ (Jagga Jasoos)
  3. Arko Pravo Mukherjee – ‘Nazm Nazm’ (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
  4. Kausar Munir – ‘Maana Ke Hum’ (Meri Pyaari Bindu)
  5. Kausar Munir – ‘Nachdi Phira’ (Secret Superstar)
  6. Santanu Ghatak – ‘Rafu’ (Tumhari Sulu)

Best Playback Singer (Male)

  1. Akhil Sachdeva – ‘Humsafar’ (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)
  2. Arijit Singh – ‘Roke Na Ruke Naina’ (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)
  3. Arijit Singh – ‘Zaalima’ (Raees)
  4. Arko Pravo Mukherjee – ‘Nazm Nazm’ (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
  5. Ash King – ‘Baarish’ (Half Girlfriend)
  6. Sachin Sanghvi – ‘Kho Diya’ (Bhoomi)

Best Playback Singer (Female)

  1. Meghna Mishra – ‘Nachdi Phira’ (Secret Superstar)
  2. Monali Thakur – ‘Khol De Baahein’ (Meri Pyaari Bindu)
  3. Nikhita Gandhi – ‘Ghar’ (Jab Harry Met Sejal)
  4. Ronkini Gupta – ‘Rafu’ (Tumhari Sulu)
  5. Shashaa Tirupati – ‘Kanha’ (Shubh Mangal Saavdhan)
  6. Shreya Ghoshal – ‘Thodi Der’ (Half Girlfriend)

Best Action

  1. Allan Amin – Jagga Jasoos
  2. Franz Spilhaus – Commando 2
  3. Harpal Singh Pali and Ravi Kumar – Rangoon
  4. K Ravi Verma – Raees
  5. Tom Struthers – Tiger Zinda Hai

Best Background Score

  1. Alokananda Dasgupta – Trapped
  2. AR Rahman – Mom
  3. Naren Chandavarkar and Benedict Taylor – Daddy
  4. Pritam – Jagga Jasoos
  5. Sagar Desai – A Death In The Gunj
  6. Tajdar Junaid – Mukti Bhawan

Best Production Design

  1. Anita Rajgopalan Lata, Donal Raegan Gracy – Raees
  2. Parul Sondh – Daddy
  3. Siddharth Sirohi – A Death In The Gunj
  4. Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray – Rangoon

Best Costume

  1. Dolly Ahluwalia – Rangoon
  2. Nidhi and Divya Gambhir – Daddy
  3. Rohit Chaturvedi – A Death In The Gunj

Best Sound Design

  1. Anish John – Trapped
  2. Baylon Fonseca and Dhiman Karmakar – Raees
  3. Nihar Ranjan Samal – Mom
  4. Subhash Sahoo – Tumhari Sulu
  5. Udit Duseja – Daddy

Best Editing

  1. Aarif Sheikh and Manas Mittal – A Death In The Gunj
  2. Monisha R Baldawa – Mom
  3. Nitin Baid – Trapped
  4. Shweta Venkat Mathew – Newton

Best Choreography

  1. Ganesh Acharya – (Badri Ki Dulhania – Badrinath Ki Dulhania)
  2. Shiamak Davar (‘Ullu Ka Pattha’ – Jagga Jasoos)
  3. Sudesh Adhana – (‘Bloody Hell‘ – Rangoon)
  4. Vijay Ganguly – (‘Ban Ja Rani’ Tumhari Sulu)
  5. Vijay Ganguly – (‘Khaana Khaake‘ – Jagga Jasoos)
  6. Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani (‘Galti Se Mistake‘ – Jagga Jasoos)

Best Original Story

  1. Amit Joshi – Trapped
  2. Amit V Masurkar – Newton
  3. Rahul Dahiya – G Kutta Se
  4. Shanker Raman and Sourabh Ratnu – Gurgaon
  5. Shubhashish Bhutiani – Mukti Bhawan
  6. Suresh Triveni – Tumhari Sulu

Best Dialogue

  1. Hitesh Kewaliya – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
  2. Mayank Tweari and Amit V Masurkar – Newton
  3. Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain – Bareilly Ki Barfi
  4. Subhash Kapoor – Jolly LLB 2
  5. Suresh Triveni, Vijay Maurya – Tumhari Sulu

Best Screenplay

  1. Advait Chandan – Secret Superstar
  2. Amit Joshi and Hardik Mehta – Trapped
  3. Mayank Tewari and Amit V Masurkar – Newton
  4. Shubhashish Bhutiani – Mukti Bhawan
  5. Subhash Kapoor – Jolly LLB 2

Best Cinematography

  1. Jessica Lee Gagne and Pankaj Kumar – Daddy
  2. Pankaj Kumar – Rangoon
  3. Ravi Varman – Jagga Jasoos
  4. Sirsha Ray – A Death In The Gunj
  5. Swapnil S Sonawane – Newton

Published Date: Jan 18, 2018 16:26 PM | Updated Date: Jan 18, 2018 16:40 PM

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