Braille Smartphone

#Telephone

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Italian magazine klat, dedicated to contemporary art, design and architecture, has this image gallery for a concept smartphone designed for blind people. The screen is replaced by a Braille pad that is able to change its pins pending what needs to be "displayed" and is complete with functions you'd expect out of a modern Internet-ready device.

In the age of the smartphone, devices for those who have some disability tend to be very simple, perhaps too simple, featuring just a few, elementary functions. Shikun San, a student at Sheffield Hallam University (United Kingdom), has designed a smartphone specially for the blind, with a keyboard and touchscreen in Braille. In addition to the basic functions of a telephone, the DrawBraille Mobile Phone includes a book reader, email and music player. The keyboard can be scrolled up and down, to make room for all the letters and special characters. A row of five raised dots on the side tells the user how much charge is left in the battery. If some manufacturer would like to take it up, the move would be welcome.

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