Electromechanical tactile braille cell assembly

  • US 7,775,797 B2
  • Filed: 08/11/2008
  • Issued: 08/17/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/30/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A Braille cell assembly, comprising:

  • a plurality of piezoelectric element reeds, each one of the piezoelectric element reeds being bendable at an elongated end portion when a voltage is applied to the reed;

    a plurality of conductive fulcrum pins secured to a printed circuit board; and

    a plurality of multiple element conductive supports secured to the printed circuit board, each multiple element conductive support, in combination with the plurality of conductive fulcrum pins, adapted to secure the plurality of piezoelectric reeds to the printed circuit board;

    a plurality of tactile pins, each of the plurality of tactile pins corresponding to each of the plurality of piezoelectric element reeds; and

    a respective one of the plurality of tactile pins being vertically movable, in response to a bending movement of a corresponding one of the plurality of piezoelectric element reeds;

    a monolithic Braille cell cap encasing the plurality of tactile pins, the monolithic Braille cell cap including a plurality of apertures to allow for the vertical movement of the plurality of tactile pins;

    said monolithic Braille cell cap constituting a plurality of individual Braille cells to thereby enhance the tactile feel of a Braille cell assembly by eliminating the uneven surface provided by a plurality of individual Braille cell caps, said monolithic Braille cell cap comprising a top plate and a plurality of side walls such that the side walls are approximately perpendicularly connected to the top plate.

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