NXT Encourages Blind Students to Pursue Careers in Science and Engineering
Rayshun Dorsey from WizKidz Technology Centers, a Georgia non-profit organization, called my attention to what I consider a very interesting way to use our beloved NXT:
"Hello all, and thank you Matthias. Our organization WizKidz Technology Centers www.wizkidztech.org is working on developing the capabilities of blind students to design, build and program robots primarily using the NXT.Dear me, that's great!
We are working with the National Federation of the Blind as well as the Center for Visually Impaired and have been making strides with the program.
I am currently looking for help, ideas or suggestions on writing a NXT programming language using the brick itself. I laterally went through and wrote down every function I can think of from the brick and printed in braille to help the students master the sequence of the brick programming itself. It has been a steady but difficult task. Is there anyone that can offer input, or is there a sequence command list for the brick that includes possible programs?
From the PC we are able to use RobotC in braille, but I want to focus more on programming from the brick itself. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you all for your help."
All Braille-Devices and Screenreaders support a standard terminalprogram at textmode (typically hyperterm).
I've tried it with my blind college and it works excellently.
Rayshun, have you considered using some duplo or system blocks. Each size block representing a differnt command. That way they can make their own programs. Transferring that to the computer in NXTG is the hard part.
If you want to learn Logo let me know, I can hook you up with a class at GA Tech.
Logo is a quite good idea :D
I've added a similar API to pbLua, I call it robot.
Basic commands are for kids (my daught is 9 years old):
With this simple commands, people are able to control a Lego Mindstorms NXT via terminalprogram.
The idea is based on:
Problem: not useful for blind people ;-(
Wether he is teaching blind kids or kids that has no challenges at all they are treated the same . He believes anything is possible.
I am so happy that he is finally gettng the recognition that he deserves...and he does deserve it!!
I feel honored to know him and I am so estatic that he was recommended to be on this Blog.
To have someone on your team like Mr. Dorsey is a blessing because he gives 150% and you are never dissappointed!
Way to go!