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Episode 8 - From 0 to App Store in 24 Hours

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Knowledge is an infinite resource. When we learn something, it doesn’t reduce the amount of what others can learn.

For a while now, I have been building builds in hopes to help make the world a more inclusive place. I have always thought that it would be nice if more of us knew Braille, which is a tactile writing system designed for people who are visually impaired.

A little over a year ago, I 3D-printed some prototypes of a set of Lego-sized Braille bricks, which can be used for 2 main purposes:

1. To be arranged as physical labels, and can therefore communicate messages in real life.

2. A simple and interactive way for everyone to learn Braille.

On a more technical front, I put together a simple app to let people easily translate English characters into Braille letters.

Much to my delight, this app also won a runner up spot at the 2019 Product Hunt Makers Festival, under the Social Impact category.

As per the rules of the Makers Festival, the app was built on a no-code platform called Coda. And for some reason, all of the projects from the festival are no longer available on Coda.

So I’ve decided to build the app from scratch again. This time, it will be a hybrid app that is available on both Android and iOS.

This episode outlines how I am — once again — challenging myself to take the project to the next level.

Music is by: Peter Spacey and Macifif on Artlist

Episode cover photo is by: Kathy

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