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World’s first Braille smartphone could hit shelves this year

When you consider 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision, it’s about time a Braille-enabled smartphone entered the market.

New startup: Kriyate may have come a step closer to ‘creating a more sensory experience to devices that could change the game for blind users’. The phone has repressible Braille display which allows visually impaired users to touch and read information through a grid of pins which go up and down to form words and letters. Whereas previous solutions have involved the use of voice commands, vibrations and beeps, this smartphone will use pins to enable the user to “read” through touch.

Sumit Dagar (product innovator) claims that visually impaired users will be able to touch the real-time image of a person on video chat and follow that person’s facial expressions on the smartphone, as well as interpret maps and graphics.

Find out more here, or watch the video.

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