Cellphones are extremely important for the day to day functions of our lives. Every new model released in the market today is more powerful and has many more features when compared to an older model. Unfortunately, the visually impaired cannot take advantage of these features. Thus, designers from around the world have come up with some innovative concepts to overcome this problem. Below we have listed 5 cellphone concepts for the blind.
1. Braille phone
The new Braille Phone concept has been designed by Seokeun Park. A development from the B-Touch, this gadget uses Electric Active plastic that fabricates Braille code on the screen and makes it more user friendly for the visually impaired. Phones for the visually impaired must have easy to use features and simplicity. Gadgets for the visually impaired must be made with care and this phone just proves that point. The phone looks just like a regular television remote. The Braille phone is used purely by touch as it collects all the information in Braille on the screen. Text messaging too is fun now as the keypad is in Braille as well.
2. DrawBraille Phone by Shikun Sun
DrawBraille is one of the most revolutionary products today in the category of cellphones for the blind. The Braille alphabet is embossed on the surface of the phone and makes it much easier to use. There are large square patterns on the display area and smaller mechanical dots create the input section.
The 35 alphabets of Braille language are written using 210 mechanical dots and are spread over five rows. Accessibility to emails, text messages, the phone book, phone menu as well as e-books has become a lot easier as the users just have to slide their fingers on these dot. This phone has been developed by designer Shikun Sun and the input options are also touch enabled to make it more user friendly. Several other functions of this phone include music, checking battery status, phone lock and even looking for nearby public facilities.
3. Tactility concept phone
The blind should in no way be excluded from all the technology the world has to offer; and the tactility concept phone is here to help prove that point. Siwei Liu has designed this innovative phone which helps the blind to be an important part of the growing technological community. The phone is based on Braille so its users can use touch functions to access phone’s features. The phone is based on a single function of receiving and making calls and to make life easier. The phone has a circular ring at the bottom to let the users hang it around the neck for greater convenience.
4. Tactile mobile
Electrotactile technology is a technology that uses the sense of touch by sending information in digital form as beats of electricity. This phone uses that concept by attaching conducive pins below the surface of the screen that senses the physical pressure of the user’s fingertips and sends out digital beats as electricity. Tactile, which is a future application of electrotactile technology, sends digital information as beats of electricity. The visually impaired can navigate menus and make use of other complex features by making use of the pins, each of which acts as a pixel of digital texture.
5. Voim smartphone concept
This smartphone for the blind is designed by Youngseong Kim & Eunsol Yeom. The braille dots on the front screen change their appearance to enable the visually impaired to read what’s written. The camera at the back is extremely user friendly as it captures the images of what lies ahead and transmits the message to the phone user through Braille or it is transmitted using audio signal through a detachable Bluetooth headset.