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?
Weddar is a socially powered weather app that gives us more personalised, localised and potentially more accurate reports than traditional services. A people-powered weather service where we can report how the weather feels, request weather reports and share them with friends. This not only gives hyper-local weather reports but also gives a more subjective view.
The Japanese brand Willcom sells mobile phones for children under 13. The Nico Heart model serves a simple function: to make and receive calls. Parents can stay in contact with their kids without worrying about them being distracted by mobile games, mobile web or ringtone mania.