Braille smartphone to revolutionise life on the go for the blind

by Letizia Orlandi - 2013.05.03
Braille smartphone to revolutionise life on the go for the blind
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An Indian designer, Sumit Dagar, has been working for three years on a smartphone for the blind. The phone is able to translate graphic input into tactile data via an innovative 3D screen. The screen is able to raise its surface to create images and texts in Braille. The device also has six buttons at the bottom for standard actions (i.e., switch on/call, cancel/switch off, forwards, backwards and select). So for example, for typing in numbers or messages, an alpha-numeric keypad appears on the screen – all in Braille. The current model is a prototype but the phone will be on sale to the public by the end of 2013 for the modest price of €140. It is a great improvement on models currently available, which translate text into audio but which don't have the functionality to represent images, maps or video for the visually impaired, particularly not on mobile phones.

Published in E-accessibility.
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