Wristwatches for the blind have been in existence since past few decades and now, we have cell phones set to join the bandwagon with the first ever ‘Braille cellphone’ being developed in Japan. Sadao Hasegawa, a former teacher at a blind school has teamed up with Tsukuba University of Technology professor Nobuyuki Sasaki and his team to create the Braille cellphone. This cellphone has braille symbols on it’s keypad which vibrates when pressed. Braille in Japanese is represented by six dots and these dots occupy the 1,2,4,5,7 & 8 keys of the keypad. When the user presses a key, the phone vibrates with a different vibration pattern for each symbol, which enables the user to recognize and type information into the mobile phone. Currently, the researchers are trying to miniaturize this technology onto a smaller footprint so that it fits into a size that is comparable with the conventional cellphones. Let’s hope that the researchers manage to achieve this and make life easier for the specially-abled people amongst us.