Here is the world's first smartphone for the blind

The world’s first smartphones for the blind is ready and it will soon launch in India. It differs by its ‘screen,’ a grid of pins that moves vertically to form braille letters that the blind can read.

"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 project started after Dagar saw that technology was only made for the mainstream and ignored certain large groups of handicapped people.

"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

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8 Comments

1. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

2. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Nice !!! Good Work Dagar !

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Great! Now blind peoples can use a smartphone too! Good idea, Dagar! :)

4. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I am Proud of my Country.. :)

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

me too dude.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Good!

7. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Excellent start.

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