Considering that the smartphone market is growing at a steady rate in the past few years, there have been a number of inventions and designs that have been drawn which could change lives of those afflicted by blindness. According to latest news, the worlds first Braille smartphone is being developed and will allow blind individuals to send and receive SMS's as also calls. The so called Braille smartphone makes use of a specially designed screen that elevates and depresses accordingly to form characters and letters thereby allowing blind people to use the phone easily.
Using Sharp Memory Alloy (SMA) technology a grid of pins will elevate or depress based on the message content. The resultant upward and downward movement of these pins will then form words and characters based on Braille patterns.
According to its innovator Sumit Dagar, a post graduate student from National Institute of Design (NID), work on this project started three years ago and currently the venture Kriyate Design Solutions is being funded by Rolex Awards under its Young Laureates Programme. The prototype of the device is being tested at L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad in collaboration with IIT Delhi.
Apart from its screen design, the Braille smartphone will be equipped with buttons and other features like any other smartphone device.