In 1894, after three years of effort, William Bell Wait
invented the Kleidograph, a machine for embossing the New York Point system
on paper. The machine was sold by the school and was designed for the user to use it with one hand leaving the other free to read. It uses the eight point alphabet not the six dots that the Braille alphabet uses today. The four lower keys activate the two keys above, enabling one to emboss all eight dots with the right hand. The two left keys were used for punctuation and the wooden board surface allowed to user to read what was typed on the paper.