[Mm-friends] the DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a super-smartphone for the blind
dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
Tue May 1 00:15:00 GMT 2012
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.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight."
2 Corinthians 5:7
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