Braille Touch- Text Messaging For The Blind

Written by Ardent Editor on February 22, 2012 – 2:30 am -

With the smartphone becoming the primary means of communication among people, it seems quite unfortunate that the blind may be pretty well left out when it comes to using some of its features. For one, smartphones today are not designed for the blind to send text messages with. But that may be about to change with the Braille Touch.

The Braille Touch is simply a prototype application developed by Georgia Tech researchers that will integrate Braille typing into a smartphone’s touchscreen display. It will allow the visually-impaired to type text messages into their smartphones using the Braille method of typing. It has a different interface consisting of six keys on each side of the touchscreen that can be used to type in letters in Braille. As each letter is typed, a voice tells the user what letter has been typed. The Braille Touch may be a useful app for those who wish to use a touchscreen smartphone for typing text messages. It is still currently under development but will be made available as a free open source app.

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