Braille SmartPhone

Do you Love your new iPhone 5 or Windows phone ?  Can’t possible think how they will improve on the touch screen?  Well CNet has the breaking news.

It’s not Apple or Microsoft that has developed this new touch screen technology that can transform images and texts into touchable patterns that can be “read” by people who are visually impaired or blind.   Interaction designer Sumit Dagar, is credited with the first Braille enabled smartphone.

Dagar, an India-based designer,  has been collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad to develop a prototype.  If all goes well, the phone could hit the market by the end of this year.

Below is the first unveiling of this project at Dagar’s TED Talk back in 2011.

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The smartphone employs a haptic touch screen that elevates and depresses the content it receives, thereby transforming the data into touchable patterns.   This new technology allows the users to interpret facial expressions, maps, and graphics.

Is this something you didn’t expect ? 

Have experience being visually impaired, what do you think ?

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