DEVFIVE (CEO Jung-min Oh), an SI company that conducts planning to design and development with a young sense, announced that it is developing a new solution, ‘Touching Memory’. ‘Touching memory’ is a Braille document and image editor that can easily and quickly produce and distribute Braille documents by connecting editing to printing. It also provides the function of recognizing and translating images through AI to help blind people easily access Braille documents.
Braille documents lack quantity due to limited producers and poor production environment. Document software such as Hangul and Word are used as TTS, and existing software such as “Jum Sarang” and “Textile” have outdated UI/UX, making it inconvenient to use. It also has the disadvantage of running only on Windows. DEVFIVE felt the need for a document editor to innovate the publishing process of these Braille documents and began developing ‘Touching Memory’.
The original technology of ‘Touching Memory’ is that it can provide personalized specialized services. You can analyze images and behavior patterns to select and present frequently used functions and words. In order to provide such personalized services, a personal account is required, but it is difficult for blind people to create and log in accounts using a keyboard.
To solve this problem, an authentication method using the FIDO protocol is installed. It is possible to easily log in just by inserting a USB with a FIDO authentication key. It is also possible to log in by contacting USB using NFC on mobile. In this way, even visually impaired people can easily create and log in on their own without the help of others.
When you are logged into “Touching Memory’, attach an image that you want to perform. If you select the size and shape of the canvas, AI analyzes the image and gives each individual a name. The user can modify this or edit the images such as rotating or inverting the image. When all edits are completed, the text assigned to the individual is translated into braille and printed. Using the function of ‘Touching Memory’ in this way, anyone can easily produce braille data. It is expected that access to information will be improved as visually impaired people, who are practical users of Braille data, will be able to use various Braille data.
Jung-min Oh, CEO of DEVFIVE, said, “If the system of ‘Touching Memory’ is sufficiently established, we will build a cloud-based braille document distribution platform called ‘Touching Space’ based on this.
‘Touching Space’ is implemented on a cloud-based basis, so you can upload, view, distribute, and share your work process anywhere. Through this, various text-based contents such as books, newspapers, and novels can be provided to blind people to obtain the latest information. Furthermore, it induces them to reach the position of producers who create new information.
Existing text or images can cause copyright problems, but there is little risk of copyright problems because producers have copyrights of content converted into braille. In connection with domestic and foreign platforms that provide web content, content can be continuously produced, shared, and business models can be secured. If braille data sharing is actively carried out through the touch space, it will be possible to revitalize the content market.
DEVFIVE was selected as a business item for the 2021 Youth Startup SMART 2030 support project hosted by the Gyeonggi Content Agency, the first youth start-up support project hosted by the Korea Broadcasting and Communications Agency, and the 2021 non-face-to-face service growth support program. DEVFIVE’s move, which is pioneering a market called Braille content that many people have not paid attention to, is expected.
Meanwhile, the Gyeonggi Content Agency, which operates Pangyo Gyeonggi Culture Creation Hub, is supporting the 2021 Youth Startup SMART 2030 program to help young prospective entrepreneurs successfully start their own businesses. “Youth Startup SMART 2030” is a growth support program for prospective entrepreneurs who wish to start a business in the content convergence field and has been continuing the project for eight years. The support sector is a wide range of content convergence fields such as publishing, film, music, content solution, design, ICT convergence, and manufacturing convergence, and interest in the project is growing year by year as the importance of the content sector becomes increasing worldwide.