BrailleTouch is an smartphone application developed by Georgia Tech’s researchers. It enables visually impaired people to write text messages simply by using six keys on the screen representing the Braille alphabet.
Why it matters
New technology such as Apple’s SIRI doesn’t replace such a device. One can easily imagine that people would prefer the discretion of such an application in public places. Which new device or app could give physically disabled people a broader access to daily life tasks?
Etisalat, the UAE’s largest telecom provider, have launched Chat Plus. The service enables subscribers to exchange instant messages between Etisalat phones and personal computers. The main feature of the service is that it enables family and friends to discover each others’ status and availability and decide when and how to communicate accordingly.
Beheard.ae is a new site hosted by AE mobile phone operator DU, where visitors can complete online surveys and voice their opinions about a range of current issues, ranging from the global crisis to job security.