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?
‘Elfoid’ is the prototype of a new puppet-shaped mobile phone. One of the inventors of the phone, Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro from Osaka University plans to refine the device so that it will be able to mimic Elfoid users’ facial expressions.
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.