Although most of us in the sighted world almost never think about it, but recent developments in technology have been a tad discriminating when it comes to people with disabilities. One such development that stands out more than the others is the cellphone segment which simply cannot be used by people with visual disabilities. However, there are innovators who are developing concepts that look to level the playing field. DrawBraille touch-enabled cellphone is one of the more revolutionary products in this category that we have seen in quite a while.
The phone basically uses the Braille alphabet embossed on the surface of the phone to aid both input and output functions. With mechanical dots forming the input area and larger square patterns serving as the display, the phone offers regular-cellphone like functionality to the device without ever becoming inaccessible for the visually disabled.
There are 210 mechanical dots on the phone’s reading area that represent the 35 Braille alphabets in 5 rows. Users simply have to slide their fingers over these dots to read phone menu, access the phonebook, read emails and text messages as well as e-books and even potentially surf the net using this Braille reader.
Developed by designer Shikun Sun, the touch-enabled phone also uses touch-input functions to make phone usage simpler for the blind. Other innovations on the product include functions like checking battery status via Braille, locking the touchpad and even locating nearby public facilities and using the phone as a music player.