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?
Project Glass has been in the works for several months at Google. With a minimalist design, the glasses have a partly-transparent video screen that streams data in front of your right eye. The prototype displays information in smartphone-like format. It’s hands free and it interacts with online data via natural language voice commands.
The start-up Everpurse is planning to launch bags that can charge the battery of an iPhone. The first collection consists of bags and wallets for both men and women which can be carried within other bags. Each come with a powermat which charges the "Everpurse" wirelessly. Due to customer demand, there will soon also be support for other well-known smartphones too.