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Winner - Gold
Designer: Design Team Korea Armed Forces Printing & Publishing Depot
Design Type: Universal Design
Company / Organization / School: Ministry of National Defense
Team Members: YoungSig Kim & DooHyung Kong
HumanoiDot is a new type of Braille pen. It enables the visually impaired to skip the process of writing at the back of the paper before reading the content on the front page, and eliminates the need to firmly press down the slate when writing Braille. They do not need the Braille slate that they used to need to write Braille. Moreover, Braille can be written on various materials, in addition to paper, so the user can have more friendly relations with the surrounding environment. Another remarkable effect of HumanoiDot is that it allows the visually impaired to create their own handwriting, as with the pens used by people without disabilities. HumanoiDot can express Braille in everything. HumanoiDot, which exceeds the limits of the existing Braille expression and evolves one step further, will increase the degree of freedom in the sphere of blind people’s activities. HumanoiDot’s innovative changes in usability will further enrich the lifestyle of the visually impaired. HumanoiDot, which uses quick-drying oxidation polymerization vehicle (resin) matter, can help anyone express his/her thoughts easily in Braille. The quick-drying oxidation polymerization vehicle liquid enables the user to write Braille on diverse materials, including paper, plastic, glass, wood, and leather. The user can write Braille on the surface of any material used in daily life, so it is easy to find information about things, and to organize them. Smooth communication with the surrounding environment is made possible. The Dot that Brightens the World, HumanoiDot