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Braille Mobile Phone Concept Should Become Reality

By David Ponce

Very few of you reading this website right now are blind. It’s hard to imagine how hard life can be for the visually impaired and as a tech writer, I can affirm that tech made specifically with them in mind is rather rare. Especially when it comes to smartphones, there really isn’t much. The DrawBraille Mobile Phone concept that Shikun Sun envisions can only be used by the blind, or anyone that would have taught themselves to read Braille. Almost any piece of computing tech requires inputs, which are then manipulated by the software and output in a manner that the user can interpret. In this case, the flatter section is the input area of the phone, where a braille user can form letters and digits. And the other half is obviously the output, where a matrix of six-dotted regions can physically change to produce words the user can touch and read.

But sadly, the above is nothing more than a concept. We hope that some manufacturer could one day make this, although we’re doubtful as making a cellphone is a costly enterprise and the visually impaired are a demographic unlikely to make a good ROI.

Still, hit the jump for a series of renderings and a video.




VIA [ YankoDesign ]








  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Krashtest-Dumby/100002355745990 Krashtest Dumby

    “…a demographic unlikely to make a good ROI.” Especially since over 90% of that demographic CAN’T READ BRAILLE!

    http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Braille_media.asp?SnID=1

  • Anonymous

    Wow… I had no idea. That’s really shocking, actually.