IIT-KGP software to convert Indian languages into Braille

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur  have developed a unique technology via a software that enables conversion of Indian languages into Braille for the visually challenged. 

The institute is also planning to go for large-scale deployment in West Bengal and other states.

The Sparsha Transliteration System developed by IIT-Kgp's Communication Empowerment Lab, led by Anupam Basu, can accept Indian language texts (such as Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada) as input and convert it into Braille.

The software takes any Indian language text as input in Unicode and can convert it to Braille and facilitates the production of Braille textbooks, said by Prof. Basu, department of computer science and engineering, 

This helps the visually challenged to access information from a variety of sources, Basu said.

The converted files can be printed out through any Braille embos