First Braille Smartphone


Braille Smart Phone

Braille Smart Phone

Kriyate Design Solutions testing first Braille smartphone (Phys.org by Bob Yirka)

Indian company Kriyate Design Solutions, headed and run by post-graduate student Sumit Dagar, has built a prototype Braille smartphone that makes use of a type of shape metal alloy to cause pins to raise and lower on a touchscreen—it allows users to read what is being sent using only their fingertips.

The project is being funded by the Rolex Awards—five people with promising ideas are given money every two years to develop . Dagar and his company are working with the Indian Institute of Technology and the prototype they’ve created is set to be tested by the L V Prasad Eye Institute. Dagar reportedly came up with the idea for a  phone on his own while attending India’s National Institute of Design. Upon graduation he formed Kriyate Design Solutions with the express goal of creating a fully functional Braille smartphone.

His idea all along has been to build a smartphone that fully implements Braille, allowing those who use it to send and receive text messages. The prototype is able to do just that by making use of metal in the form of pins that expands and contracts just enough to be felt by the fingertips. Incoming text is converted to Braille allowing the phone to express letters, numbers and even pictures allowing users to read information that others send, or from the Internet.

kriyate Design

Braille Smartphone

Up till now, blind people have had to rely on apps (such as Georgie developed by Sight and Sound Technology) to use their smartphones. Such apps typically make use of GPS to help those that cannot see find their way around unknown areas and to help read signs, menus, etc. With this new innovation,  will be able to send and receive text messages, read web content, use custom apps (including those with GPS abilities) and even take pictures of things and look at them using their fingers. It’s a significant step forward and likely would not have occurred had not an insightful person come up with a workable idea, and then been backed by a company with very deeppockets and no expectations of making a profit from its investment.

The phone has been under design and development for three years and is now ready for testing. If successful, Dagar and his company plan to begin selling the phone to the public for as little as $185.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-kriyate-solutions-braille-smartphone.html#jCp

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CEO, electronic engineer with MBA in marketing. Multicultural; French citizen born in Lebanon working in the Middle East and fluent in French, English and Arabic. I have more than 30 years of proven experience in the Middle East with European know how. I am good in reorganization and in Global strategic management business. I am a dependable leader with an open approach in working with people, forging a strong team of professionals dedicated to the Company and its clientele. Perseverance is my key word. Married to Carole and having 2 children: Joy-Joelle and Antoine (Joyante!).
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One Response to First Braille Smartphone

  1. if this project became successful this can be one of the best invention ever created my mankind to help people that unfortunately loss vision to help them experience what an smartphone is,

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