Touch Screen Phone For Visually Impaired

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Touch Screen Phone For Visually Impaired

Perhaps we have finally reached the point where even those who are visually impaired can use a smart phone in a way that is similar to the way that everyone else does. Enter the Braille Phone‘… 

Photo Credit: Sumit Dagar

Photo Credit: Sumit Dagar

 

Per Sumit Dagar’s web site:

The motivation behind the project is to take a giant leap in designing for visually impaired users who are still using retrofitted, inefficient and overpriced products. This device will provide an innovative platform that will enable an altogether new dimension of communicating with the users.

Braille Phone is a phone for Blind users. Its primary medium of communication is a haptic touch screen that allows users to “feel” the information on the screen. Using height mapping, the device will be able to project information ranging from textual (Braille), images, and animations and videos. 

Watch this video for a demo.

Per Damn Geeky:

The prototype version of ‘Braille Phone’ is currently being tested at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad and collaboration with IIT Delhi is being sorted out to develop it even further. This intuitive project is a part of the Young Laureates Programme by Rolex Awards which funds 5 projects each year.

I am anxious to see this type of innovation advance. Technology helping people to be as independent as they possibly can be.

What do you think? Is there a market for this type of innovation? Will it succeed if it comes to market?

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  1. JeriWB says:

    That is very cool indeed. Any advance that helps equal the playing field between people of varying abilities will find its place in the market.

  2. keepupweb says:

    That is amazing technology and I believe there would be a market for it. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Elizabeth Scott says:

    I love this idea. There is so much that we can do to help people with disabilities and this is one of them. 🙂