On June 2, Samsung Printing Solutions’ Strategy Marketing Team held an event called “I SEE PRINT: Reading with the Mind,” as a part of a GWP (Great Workplace) day where employees helped make braille books for the visually impaired.
To make a braille book, you need to take a number of steps. One of the most important aspects involves turning paper texts into digital document files. Due to copyright issues, publishers usually do not provide text files for their books, which means people often have to type contents out by hand.
This inconvenience means that only 0.2-0.5 percent of new books published each year are released as braille editions.
On the day of the event, the Printing Solution’s Strategy Marketing Team was divided into five units and carried out the documentation processes for five books, including: Gift of a Bird, Pale Moon, The Romantic Movement and How to Fall in Love. In the process, the teams used optical character recognition (OCR technology), which allows users to scan books and create digital documentations without manual typing.
OCR units project beams onto characters on a page, transforming the reflected rays into electronic signals. These are then digitized, and the resulting text can then be saved as an editable text file, in formats such as MS Word or Excel.
Samsung’s five OCR technology-featuring multifunction printers, including the MX4, MX7 and M4580, were used to reduce the time taken to make braille books.
Thorough Editing Process
The scanned text files were double-checked for errors involving spacing, fonts, special symbols and other features. To eliminate errors from the braille texts, the teams also edited the punctuation and grammar accordingly. Following this, the teams exchanged texts so they could proofread each other’s work.
“The event was planned following careful consideration with my team. It was fun to participate in this voluntary service, but it was meaningful that we were able to experience how our products are actually being used. It is a great pleasure for me to see that our products and solutions are not just being used for customers, but also for local communities. We plan to continue our efforts in making social contributions using a range of printing technologies.”
“We have conducted several product demonstrations outside of the company, but this was the first time doing so with so many employees. We scanned and reviewed an allocated number of books, and it was impressive to see that we worked together to achieve the same goals. We did not have a lot of time, but it made me happy to know that our efforts are going to be helpful for those who need these books.”
“It was hard at first to understand the specific rules that apply to spacing, punctuation and other conventional writing methods when making braille books. After we got started, we soon improved our speed and understanding of whether the OCR technology was functioning properly or not. This will be very helpful in the future to help introduce and sell the products we used today.”
The five files the teams made at the GWP will be donated to the Korean Braille Library and will then be used to make braille books. Samsung employees believe Samsung Printing Solutions has made the world a little bit better through this GWP event. Samsung employees and technologies strive to work together to make the world an even better place.