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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Braille Smart Phone

IAnD Exclusive 

Design Impact Special

Compiled by Team IAnD
Photography: Courtesy World Wide Web

Braille Smart Phone by Sumit Dagar.
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Interaction designer, Sumit Dagar prototypes the world’s first Braille Smart Phone that can empower communication with the visually impaired.

It is heartening to see products being developed equally passionately for the differently-abled as for normal folk. Information and Interface designer, Sumit Dagar, who is a post graduate from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad has since 2012 been working on developing the Braille Smart Phone for the blind.

Braille Smart Phone by Sumit Dagar.
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With assistance from IIT, Delhi, Sumit and his team are working on prototyping the world’s first Braille smart phone that can receive an SMS or email in any language and convert it to blind-friendly Braille, bringing the visually impaired at par with normal goings-on.

Braille Smart Phone by Sumit Dagar.
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Braille Smart Phone by Sumit Dagar.
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Based on Shape Memory Alloy technology, which works on the concept that metals remember their original shapes i.e. expand and contract to its original shape after use; the haptic touch screen panel of the smart phone will be capable of elevating and depressing the contents it receives to form patterns in Braille. The phone's 'screen' has a grid of pins, with a Braille display, where pins come up to represent a character or letter or shape, enabling the user to complete all requisite tasks desired of the instrument.

Braille Smart Phone by Sumit Dagar.
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Sumit’s small startup called Kriyate, is also working on developing SimplEye - an accessibility app for the smart phone. Using a minimalist approach, it employs a smart interface that cleans the clutter and shows only one relevant element at a time. Simple and touch-anywhere gestures allow users to easily use the interface without need for finding buttons; while accurate sound and vibration feedback is designed to provide control at your fingertips. The highlight is that SimplEye is not only an app, but a platform where all apps of a smartphone can be integrated; for eg.,   Braille Typing, GPS Navigation, Music, Browser, Mail, Dictionary, Weather etc.etc.

Braille Smart Phone by Sumit Dagar.
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Sumit Dagar

The motivation behind the project is to take a giant leap in designing for visually impaired users, who are still using retrofitted, inefficient and overpriced products. Once ready, the Braille smart phone and the app is sure to provide an innovative platform that will enable an altogether new dimension of communicating with the sight-impaired.

As part of this Design Impact Special Edition, IAnD tried to personally get in touch with Sumit Dagar for the most current update on his prototypes; but in vain. The feature has thus been collated through team research.  

2 comments :

  1. nice and interesting post i really like it.

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  2. Its great.The telephone, which has yet to be authoritatively named, has a screen included a framework of pins, which climb and down to structure into Braille shapes and characters at whatever point a SMS message or email is gotten. It uses what's called Shape Memory Alloy engineering, so as each one pin stretches, it recalls and contracts over to its unique level shape.Thanks all.:)

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