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?
“Fashion Translator” is the first iPhone app translator focusing on fashion terms: more than 2000 words in 8 different languages.
The ‘Nearest Tube’ application for the iPhone uses GPS to locate your nearest station for travel. The software uses a database of train stations and overlays its details (such as distance and direction) onto a live video display from the device’s camera.