Telkom Surabaya Institute of Technology has just released a new innovation, the braille printing machine, which was launched on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at the ITTelkom campus in Surabaya. This innovation is a collaboration between ITTelkom Surabaya and the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) which received CSR funds from PT Telkom Indonesia. This braille printing machine is very important in its existence because it is an auxiliary machine for the blind, where currently the condition of braille printing machines throughout Indonesia is already outdated, even almost 90 percent of them have been damaged, this is the background for the creation of a braille printing machine in the style of the nation's children.
"The braille printing machine that has been used by many special schools throughout Indonesia is a Swedish machine that is used to print braille writings. The price is very expensive where the spare parts themselves are abroad, forcing the academic community of ITTelkom Surabaya and ITS to help find solutions by forming an idea to make a braille machine prototype. This handover is a very useful innovation to help blind special school children in remote areas of Indonesia to continue learning for the sake of future generations. " said Tri Aried Sardjono, rector of ITTelkom Surabaya and one of the braille printing machine manufacturing teams.
Previously, the braille printing machine was issued by ITS around 2017 and has the ability to print 400 characters per second or 1200 pages per hour on two sides of the paper(double-sided).The next generation printing machine under ITTelkom Surabaya was developed by adding a voice device (speech printing machine) to make it easier for blind brothers to recognize the buttons on the machine.
"We hope that this can be a solution for replacing damaged braille machines without having to pay a lot of money so that students with special needs, especially visually impaired, can continue to learn. Later this braille printing machine will be given to the Social Rehabilitation Center for People with Sensory Disabilities for the Deaf Tan Miyat, which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs. " said Tri Arief Sardjono during the handover ceremony.