The High-School for the Blind in Cluj-Napoca formed the scene for the successful launch of RoboBraille in Romania on April 2, 2014. With dignitaries and representatives from the district council of Cluj, and endorsed by the national Ministry of Education, RoboBraille was launched with presentations by the High-School for the Blind in Cluj, the Babeș-Bolyai University and Synscenter Refsnæs. The event was covered extensively by national and regional TV and radion channels, as well as by the printed media.
RoboBraille is now available to Romanian students and others who need to be able to convert educational material and other text into alternate media such as Braille, audio books and ebooks. In Romania, the service is available free of charge for non-commercial use.
The launch follows 18 months of localising the RoboBraille service to support the Romanian language in terms of text-to-audio and text-to-Braille conversion. Although minor parts of the interface still needs to be translated into Romanian, the vast majority of all services and supporting documentation is available in Romanian. The launch of the RoboBraille service will be followed up later in the year with the launch of an accompanying digital library of education material expected to be operated as a collaborative effort amongst the special schools for the blind of Romania.
RoboBraille in Romania is part of a three-year, three-country project aimed at implementing the service in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. The project is funded by a grant from the VELUX Foundations.