Another TED talk this time.
In this one, the prototype of the first Braille Smartphone is discussed by its Indian inventor, Sumit Dagar.
He started this project as part of a bigger goal: to make modern technology accessible to everyone. He got this, and other ideas while travelling around India, where he noticed that even though the newest technology was readily available to the average city-dweller, a large portion of the population had no benefit from it whatsoever.
Dagar describes a smartphone with a screen made so that it can display buttons, braille and even pictures by elevating or lowering parts of the screen. The finished final product will even be able to convert text, viewed by the camera, to braille on screen. Some of the techniques used in the phone are closely related to the ones we use in our thesis, but with a different goal. Whereas our final product will be all about using another sense to replace vision, his will bring all the benefits of a certain technology to people without vision, without sacrificing another sense.
It serves as a reminder that, although widely considered so, vision mightnot be the most important sense. And, that it is not per se necessary to replace vision itself, if you can make everything accessible without having to use vision.