Braille Touch for the visually impaired makes smartphones easier to use

by Gavril Mankoo

Quite a few of us have mastered the art of touch typing i.e. typing without having to look at the keys on the keyboard. For those who haven’t, this open-source application is bound to lend a helping hand with the same. Also designed keeping the visually impaired in mind, this application called the Braille Touch incorporates the Braille writing system into a touch-screen device! Developed by Georgia Tech, the application changes an iPhone screen into a soft-touch keyboard with six keys that use gestures for input points. The system enables users to learn the Braille alphabet while facing the screen away and seems to be a promising development for the visually impaired smartphone user.


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