For the last three years, a team of investors and developers in India have been designing a smartphone that can turn text, apps and graphics into a shape-shifting, Braille-equipped mobile device for the blind. According to the India Times, a prototype is ready for testing.
Developed by Sumit Dagar, a post-graduate from the National Institute of Design whose company Kriyate Design Solutions is being nurtured at the Center for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship in Ahmedabad, the smartphoneâ€™s screen would be composed of a grid of pins that move up and down each time a text or new Web content is loaded.
While Iâ€™d like to imagine the smartphone works just like one of those novelty desk toys to form tangible images, Dagar states that Braille will be the deviceâ€™s primary mode of interaction.
â€œWe have created the worldâ€™s first Braille smartphone,â€ he told the India Times. â€œThis product is based on an innovative â€˜touch screenâ€™ which is capable of elevating and depressing the contents it receives to transform them into â€˜touchableâ€™ patterns.â€