Here is the world's first smartphone for the blind
"We have created the world's first Braille smartphone," Sumit Dagar, creator of the phone said. "This product is based on an innovative 'touch screen' which is capable of elevating and depressing the contents it receives to transform them into 'touchable' patterns."
"The response during the test has been immense. It comes out as a companion more than a phone to the user. We plan to do more advanced versions of the phone in the future," Dagar adds.
Dagar began work on the project three years ago while studying at India’s National Institute of Design. The technology behind it is just like in any other smartphone save for the display. There, the device uses Shape Memory Alloy technology using metals capability to remember their original shapes and expand and contract to after use.
source: Times of India
1. eisenbricher (Posts: 957; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
A lot of innovatiove research happens in India. Like the one we are seeing right here. But then after making a big fuss over media the whole idea just vanishes in thin air. Maybe because of lack of support, optimism or whatever.
Lack of awareness about patenting, no encouragement/programs from Government and lack of overall commercializiation enthusiasm drives innovations toward death. I get the feeling about this one as well... Good idea but best luck.
8. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 189; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
Sadly you are right. If these same guys start to work for US companies like microsoft, google etc, they do great things, but within India they hardly get any support. Unlike China, India's growth and development has been inspite of its government.
3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4640; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Great! Now blind peoples can use a smartphone too!
Good idea, Dagar! :)