[Mm-friends] the DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a super-smartphone for the blind

Chris Nusbaum dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
Tue May 1 00:15:00 GMT 2012

Hello all,

Last week, I tried to send a link to this article on this list, 
but the software which runs the list rejected the message because 
there were too many recipients.  So, I have copied and pasted the 
article here.  What do you all think of this new idea for 
assistive technology? Do you think it will ever come to fruition? 
If it does in fact come to fruition, do you think blind people 
will want to buy it? And, perhaps the most thought-provoking 
question, do you think it might outdo the accessible iPhone? By 
the way, this is the link to the article: 
-super-smartphone-for-the-blind/  Anyway, here is the article:

 It seems these days that everyone is glued to their smartphones 
-- and thanks to a new concept design by Shikun Sun, an 
industrial design student at Sheffield Hallam University in 
England, the visually impaired could be included in this trend.  
The DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a cell phone that uses a braille 
board and finger pads that allow the blind to communicate 
efficiently.  And this isn't any old phone either -- the design 
includes a book reader, text messaging, email, and even music 
 The DrawBraille Mobile Phone has two main pieces.  The first is 
comprised of 35 braille buttons in five rows.  Since the main 
keyboard cannot hold the entire braille text, there are also 
raised "scroll up" and "scroll down" buttons for more options.  
The second piece is similar to the touch screen on many smart 
phones, but with a unique raised surface for information input.  
The user can tap and drag and even create their own shortcuts and 
words through a combination of commands.
  The phone's battery life can be measured on its side, with 5 
raised dots each representing 20% of its juice that retract once 
their percentage is used up.  There is no news on the production 
of this super smart braille phone but the concept alone is 
getting lots of attention.

Chris Nusbaum

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."
2 Corinthians 5:7

Sent from my BrailleNote

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