Nokia Braille Reader

September 18th, 2009 at 12:00 am

Nokia Braille Reader

The creation of the Short Message Service, or SMS, unwittingly became beneficial to people with hearing disabilities because they began receiving messages in their mobile phones without the need to hear the sender’s call.  Meanwhile, many inventions have been attempted in order to guide another group of people in reading SMS:  blind people.  They came in attachments that can be troublesome to carry around, as well as text-to-voice technology that may not provide accurate readings especially when it comes to "condensed messages" like IKR (I know, right?) or IAWU (I agree with you).

Now, Nokia Labs is attempting to provide an easy technology that incorporates Braille with text messaging.  This application, currently in beta, makes use of a touch phone’s tactile features.  Once a message is received, the app automatically opens.  Then, a user simply places a thumb on the screen and the message is read to him letter by letter, dot by dot.  The user would feel a sharp pulse when a dot is raised, while a softer pulse is activated when the dot is not raised.

The Nokia Braille Reader, which was developed in partnership with Tampere University and the Finish Federation for the Visually Impaired, is now available to download for free and can now be tested on Nokia devices based on S60 5th Edition, including Nokia N97, 5800 XpressMusic, N97 Mini, 5530, 5230, and X6.

Image source:  Nokia