[Mm-friends] Fw: [VICUG-L] [acb-l] FW: Introducing BrailleTouch - an iPhone app for typing inbraille on your touchscreen

David Tanner david.tanner100 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 01:09:04 GMT 2012


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "peter altschul" <paltschul at CENTURYTEL.NET>
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Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2012 7:06 PM
Subject: [VICUG-L] [acb-l] FW: Introducing BrailleTouch - an iPhone app for 
typing inbraille on your touchscreen


> From: viphone at googlegroups.com [mailto:viphone at googlegroups.com] On Behalf 
> Of BrailleTouch
> Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 7:32 AM
> To: viphone at googlegroups.com
> Subject: Introducing BrailleTouch - an iPhone app for typing in braille on 
> your touchscreen
>
> Greetings and Happy Holidays!
>
> My name is Caleb, and I'm one of the developers of a new iPhone app called 
> BrailleTouch.  BrailleTouch allows you to type using braille on your 
> touchscreen, and is based on the standard six key braille keyboard.  We 
> are excited to announce that BrailleTouch will be on the App Store by the 
> end of January! We hope that you will like BrailleTouch and find it 
> useful.  I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, and I've included 
> some more information about the app below.
>
> With BrailleTouch, you can send text messages, emails, and tweets from the 
> touchscreen braille keyboard.  You can also copy text you type in braille 
> to the clipboard and paste it into other apps on your iPhone.  There is a 
> free version of BrailleTouch, so you can try it before you buy it.  The 
> free version lets you type in braille and hear the text you entered.  Many 
> braille instructors have told us that they would like to use BrailleTouch 
> as a teaching tool, which the free version will support.  Additional 
> features are available as In App Purchases.  The Messaging Upgrade allows 
> you to send text messages, emails, and tweets from the touchscreen braille 
> keyboard.  The Clipboard Upgrade allows you to copy text from the 
> touchscreen braille keyboard and paste it into other apps on your iPhone.
>
> BrailleTouch is based on research conducted at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, 
> Georgia, USA, where I am a graduate student.  My colleagues and I tested 
> the software with eleven volunteers who are blind.  We found that people 
> who knew the standard Perkins braille keyboard were able to master 
> BrailleTouch within an hour of practice and type at an average of 23 words 
> per minute using Grade 1 braille.  We received such positive feedback that 
> we were inspired to take this research out of the laboratory and release 
> BrailleTouch to the public.  We hope this software will provide a helpful 
> alternative to the VoiceOver split tap keyboard, and that it will help 
> improve the mobile computing experience for people in the blind community 
> who use an iPhone.
>
> BrailleTouch is fully compatible with VoiceOver.  It works on the iPhone 
> 3GS through the iPhone 5, iPod touch models since the 3rd generation, and 
> requires iOS 5.0 or a later operating system.  BrailleTouch is only for 
> the iPhone and iPod touch, and is not supported on the iPad.  The first 
> release is based on North American English Grade 1 Uncontracted Braille. 
> You can choose to hear speech feedback for each character you type, each 
> word you type, or both.
>
> More information about BrailleTouch is available on our website:
> http://brailletouchapp.com/
>
> The website includes a User Guide and Frequently Asked Questions.  You can 
> also sign up for our email list, and we will notify you when we have an 
> exact release date in January for the app.
>
> We are also on Twitter:
> https://twitter.com/brailletouch
>
> With the free version of BrailleTouch, you can try out the touchscreen 
> braille keyboard and hear the text that you typed read back to you.  The 
> Messaging Upgrade allows you to send text messages, emails, and tweets, 
> and costs US$9.99.  The Clipboard Upgrade allows you to copy text from the 
> braille keyboard to paste into other apps, and costs US$9.99.  You must 
> have the Messaging Upgrade first before you can get the Clipboard Upgrade.
>
> I am happy to answer any questions you may have.  We are very excited 
> about the upcoming release of BrailleTouch on the App Store.  I hope that 
> you will like BrailleTouch and find it useful.
>
> Best wishes and happy holidays,
> Caleb
> The BrailleTouch Team
> http://brailletouchapp.com/
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