Collegiate inventors awarded 2017 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

May 3, 2017

The “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize rewards students working on technology-based inventions that can improve consumer devices. The winners are:

Chandani Doshi, Grace Li, Jessica (Jialin) Shi, Chen (Bonnie) Wang, Charlene Xia, and Tania Yu of MIT, $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Use it!” Undergraduate Team Winner for a portable, real-time text-to-braille converter. Doshi, Li, Shi, Xia, and Yu, undergraduates in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science, along with Wang in DMSE, are developing a portable, real-time text to braille converter called Tactile. This device allows people who are visually impaired to take a picture of printed text, and the text will be transcribed to braille on a refreshable display.


Left to right: Chandani Doshi, Jessica (Jialin) Shi, Chen (Bonnie) Wang, Charlene Xia, Tania Yu, and Grace Li of MIT are $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Use it!” Undergraduate Team Winners.

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