Design and Product Development

Interdisciplinary research on designing smart braille gloves for visually impaired people using MXene and embroidery techniques

Authors
  • Mee Jekal orcid logo (Hanyang University)
  • MIHA KIM (Hanyang Univesity)
  • Hwansoo Shin (Hanyang Univesity)

Abstract

This study proposed a wearable device designing to aid Visually Impaired People (VIP) who are not familiar with braille and/or have challenged in learning and using Braille. VIP often face challenges in using Braille, and even with existing equipment, including smart technologies, as of aesthetical and emotional discomfort beyond usability and accessibility. Interdisciplinary research team conducted mixed-method research following double diamond module of the design thinking process. First, we conducted qualitative interviews to analyze VIP's Braille utilization and needs, and derived design factors. Subsequently, we applied the identified design factors to conduct experiments with appropriate embroidery methods and connection structures using MXene-coated yarn to enable Braille recognition. Finally, we proposed a design for a wearable Braille recognition glove that incorporated these findings. Our proposed glove, equipped with a high performance Braille recognition sensor, is designed to enhance the psychological and aesthetic satisfaction of VIP avoiding social stigmas. 

Keywords: Braille, design thinking, interdisciplinary research, MXene, independent sensing, design, visually impaired, gloves

How to Cite:

Jekal, M., KIM, M. & Shin, H., (2024) “Interdisciplinary research on designing smart braille gloves for visually impaired people using MXene and embroidery techniques”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17210

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Published on
21 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed