With smartphone interaction mostly relying on sight, since there's no tactile difference to what's on the screen, some blind people have turned to apps to make up the difference. These apps can do some pretty impressive things, like determine the denomination of currency or read text out loud, rendering braille unnecessary for some tasks. But those were workarounds, to make up for the inability to create an actual braille interface. For about three years, a team of inventors in India have been working on a smartphone that can turn apps and text into braille. Now they've got a prototype.
The phone, from the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship in Ahmedabad, translates text into braille by elevating pins: after the text or email or webpage comes in, the pins form a braille version that the user can touch to read. It's not clear what operating system the phone will run on--Android? Something else?--but according to the Times Of India, it'll feature "all other elements" that your more traditional smartphone would have.
The creators, led by inventor Sumit Dagar, are shooting for a release by the end of 2013. Starting price? Just less than 10,000 rupees, or about $185.
I hope it will come in different colours. :)
But texting is what makes sighted people equal to blind people.
Do they really want to loose that advantage?
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