First ever Smartphone for Blind, Made in India

Smartphone for blind
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Forget about Google Glasses. Here is an extra ordinary invention by an Indian, The world’s first ever smartphone for blind people is soon to arrive.

They will be able to read Text messages and emails on this phone, which converts all the text into Braille patterns.

Sumit Dagar, the man behind this innovative smartphone has got something to say – “We have created the world’s first Braille smartphone”. His company is being nurtured at the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, based in IIM Ahmadabad campus.

“This product is based on an innovative ‘touch screen’ which is capable of elevating and depressing the contents it receives to transform them into ‘touchable’ patterns,” he says.

Sumit, who is a post-graduate from the National Institute of Design (NID), says he was enthusiastic to develop the product when he realized that so far, technology was only helping the mainstream and ignoring the marginalized.

He is collaborating with IIT Delhi on making the prototype device, which is currently being researched and developed at L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad.

“The response during the test has been immense. It comes out as a companion more than a phone to the user. We plan to do more advanced versions of the phone in the future,” he adds.

He started this project approximately three years ago while studying interaction designing at NID.

After working with a number of organizations, he refused to work further to focus on his technological innovation, established a group of six people and began his venture, Kriyate Design Solutions.

Right now, the venture is being capitalized by Rolex Awards under its Young Laureates Programme, in which they select five people from across the world every two years and fund their projects.

How does it work?

  • The device uses Shape Memory Alloy technology, based on the concept that metals retain their original shapes, i.e. expand and contract to its original shape after use.
  • This screen will be capable of elevating and depressing the contents to form patterns in Braille.
  • The phone’s ‘display’ has a grid of pins, which move up and down as per requirement. The grid has a Braille display, where pins come up to represent a character or letter.
  • All other features are like any other available smartphone.

I am really amazed by this technology, and moreover, glad to see an Indian coming up with such blind blowing innovations that can help serve the mankind. I have developed immense respect for that guy.

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