One of the greatest blessings to have in life is our eyes, something that we need every minute of our lives, even when reading this post! While we our full of gratitude for what we have, in reality, few of us think about doing something mission-critical for those that are devoid of this blessing. Albeit, a Chinese industrial designer, Shikun Sun, has conjured up the remarkable turn-of-the-century concept of a smarpthone that is completely for the blind.
Completely Braille-Based Smartphone
While studying industrial design at Sheffield Hallam University in UK, Sun envisioned the DrawBraille Mobile Phone concept, something purely to be used by the blind, or anyone familiar with Braille. As fascinating as the concept seems, one wonders the dynamics and technology of the phone, since every technology requires inputs, which are then manipulated by software, and finally output in a manner that the user can interpret.
In this case, the flatter section is the input area of the phone, where a braille user can form letters and digits. And the other half is the output, where a matrix of six-dotted regions can physically change to produce words the user can touch and read. Best of all, the device includes everything from SMS to email.
Mobile Technologies and Companies Taking the Disabled into Account
While most of the technologies being coupled with mobile technologies are still concepts, primarily because of the lack of ROI that the demographic has to offer, it wouldn’t be too long before one of these concepts makes it into mainstream. Analyse the “Thimble”, something that combines the powers of the phone with an intriguing finger glove that offers “an entirely new literary experience” to the user. A fingertip camera is applied to scan printed text and signage, and translate it into impulses of Braille within the glove. The revolutionary, smartphone application for the blind, is the endeavor of University of Washington design students Erik Hedberg and Zack Bennet.
Even though such technologies cannot be branded as ‘mobile” upfront, they can definitely be commercialized as medical devices and aides, thereby paving eventual way for integration into mainstream mobile category. At Vopium, we sincerely hope that these technologies will help the disabled overcome their obstacles and bring our their true potential.