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Braille Photocopier

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047180D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Bealle, FJ [+details]

Abstract

This disclosure provides a process which permits the copying of braille documents and the creation of braille copies from flat documents. Embossed marks on paper are not readily copied, and in particular a standard photocopier is useless to a blind braille reader. The following process produces braille copies. 1. Darken the raised braille marks on the document such as by rubbing with a sheet of carbon paper. 2. Produce a sheet of plastic with the dark areas thereon such as a conventional foil. 3. Support the plastic sheet on an open grid and heat it such as with an infrared lamp so that the darkened areas absorb heat. 4.