What we doOur aim is to bring easy access of visual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) data to Blind and Visually Impaired Students. We believe that scientific data of all forms should be accessible to anyone.
Our ProjectsWe are developing an iOS app which will give users access to a network of volunteers with STEM knowledge, who can quickly identify and describe visual resources for them. We are also working on a device which will act as a kind of interactive braille tablet, allowing BVI users to access visual data through touch and sound.
We are developing a variety of online web services, making use of a network of researchers and programmers working in accessibility fields, passionate about making sure nobody gets left in the dark.
We know how difficult it is to find support when it comes to making content accessible. In addition to our other services we reach out to teachers, parents and rehabilitation workers, helping deliver science classes or simply help tackle homework.
The Grapheel R&D scheme focuses on the development of an electronic, refreshable, Tactile Graphics Display (TGD) model. The device will allow touch interaction with visual data using taxels, or tactile pixels.
What our Community Says
I do enjoy IRIS, of course it satisfies the human desire to feel helpful which makes me very happy to help others but I also like that it forces me to stop and think about what I am seeing. This both gives me a kind of mindfulness feeling but also helps me practice giving attention to small details, and I hope in time this will make me into some kind of super skilled graph expert.
Contact us to express interest or get started with our online app, IRIS
Our online service IRIS joins sighted volunteers with BVI users who may upload an image and have it transcribed into words. This is currently in closed alpha testing and already has over 60 users — join them.
- Internship with Grapheel: Welcome, Joanne Sheppard! 22nd May 2017
- Continued: Do disabled STEM students have less support in higher education? (IoP Diversity) 3rd May 2017
- Internship with Grapheel — Summer 2017 25th April 2017