Due to the lack of specific expertise in Azerbaijan, in early 2016 Aliyev started working with Ukrainian specialists - “who are faster and more efficient” - to take the project on the next step and produce the prototype.
The young programmer is not the only who has ventured into designing a tablet for visually impaired people, but the difference is in the weight.
“The device three other international companies designed is about 6 kg, it functions on electricity, and it needs to be connected to a computer,” explains Aliyev. “Our Braille Pad utilizes an the electromechanical system, it does not need to be attached to a pc, and we aims for a final weight of 800 grams in weight. It is very convenient.”
Several companies have come forward to manufacture the tablet, but of the tablet, it came from several countries, but the prototype of the tablet is not ready yet, so he cannot estimate the proposals.
The state chipped in through the ICT Fund, a state-funded programme set up in 2012 to support and develop entrepreneurship in the field of information and communication technology. The funding however, was not sufficient as Aliyev would need about $160,000 in order to complete the prototype, and up to $1.5 million for a large scale production. The final tablet would cost about $800 - 1,000.
Still, Aliyev’s creative drive does not end with the Braille Pad.
“In March, during a visit to Ukraine, I came across a small, very basic, device to teach theBraille alphabet to children. I suggested to the developers to expand the functions, and install a voice function so kids could listen to the combination of the letters with its correct sound. And also they will be able to play a game. They agreed and the idea of Braille Teach was born."