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

David Tanner david.tanner100 at gmail.com
Tue May 1 00:39:04 GMT 2012

OSounds very interesting.  It is hard to know how well it would be received 
by blind users.  If the price is right itmay attract a lot of attension.

Thank you for resending the information.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Nusbaum" <dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com>
To: "Main Menu Friends list" <mm-friends at acbradio.org>
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2012 7:15 PM
Subject: [Mm-friends] the DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a super-smartphone 
forthe blind

> 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: 
> ?m.inhabitat.com/the-drawbraille-mobile-phone-by-shikun-sun-is-a
> -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 capabilities.
> 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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