A Braille-Like Texting App

Researchers at Georgia Tech have designed a smart phone app that allows users to type in an alphabet similar to Braille. It can't display messages in Braille, but it does enable users to send text messages without having to see the interface:

The app uses a gesture-based solution by turning the iPhone's touchscreen into a soft-touch keyboard programmed for Braille and requiring only six keys, making it a practical solution for the limited screen real estate on smartphones.

The key feature of the BrailleTouch technology is the use of the six-key configuration so that the keyboard fits on the screen and users keep their fingers in a relatively fixed position while texting. This design allows users to hold their device with the screen facing away from them cradling the device with their palms or pinkies and thumbs – and to type with a majority of their fingers, identical to typing Braille on a standard keyboard.


At the link, you can watch a video demonstrating how the app works.

Link -via Glenn Reynolds | Photo: Georgia Tech

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