World's First Braille Smartphone May Hit Shelves This Year

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The world's technology field Monday hit yet another home run with its first Smartphone for the blind, involving a haptic touch screen. The brains behind the creation is a designer, Sumit Dagar, hailing from the National Institute of Design in India. The Smartphone is likely to be priced at just $200 and may hit shelves by the end of this year.

In his website, Sumit Dagar has said the world's first Braille Smartphone uses an innovative touch screen which is capable of elevating and depressing the contents it receives to transform them into touchable patterns. The haptic touch is the phone's primary medium of communication which provides users an easy and effective experience. The device will project information ranging from textual (Braille), images, animations, maps, graph charts and videos with the help of height mapping. It is also packed with other features that come with regular Smartphones.

According to reports, the Smartphone uses Shape Memory Alloy technology, which is based on the concept that metals remember their original shapes i.e. expand and contract to its original shape after use. The screen, which has a grid of pins that will move up and down as required, will form patterns that will help the blind to read.

The prototype is currently being tested out at the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad and receiving successful results that will drastically change visually impaired users' experience.

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