Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The Perkins School for the Blind promotes the advancement of reading and writing tools for the blind and visually impaired. The Standard Perkins Brailler has been the leading mechanical brailler since it was released to market in 1951. This project focused on analyzing the design of the brailler using the axiomatic design process and introducing a new method for typing braille through the use of pneumatics. This was done by first researching the history of the brailler. The next step was evaluating the design approaches taken by Perkins for their brailler and then using the axiomatic design process to analyze the design of the brailler. Lastly, the use of pneumatics in braille typing was introduced as a new design approach.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2012


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering