A new braille smartphone is being developed by Sumit Dagar, a National Institute of Design post-graduate, who teamed three years ago with the IIT Delhi and the LV Prasad Eye Institute.
The innovative prototype comes with a touch-screen that elevates and depresses at specific spots, emulating a Braille display, allowing blind users to read and send emails and text messages. This type of technology is known as Shape Memory Alloy: the idea is that each individual spot possesses “memory” with which it can remember its initial state after rising to form a Braille character.
Additionally, the phone makes extensive use of sound and vibrations to help the user recognize the different functions different functions.
The first model is expected to be available by the end of 2013 and retail for a price of about $185. Dagar also confirmed that more advanced versions of the smartphone are on the works.
In this video, Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, gives four household tips that sighted people can learn from blind people.
Tommy is now producing videos that reveal a glimpse into his life and the funny challenges that he faces daily, such as what it’s like for someone who is blind to use an ATM or how some people who are visually impaired may organize their money.
One of the most interesting videos Tommy has produced is the story of how his parents told him he couldn’t see. Because being blind was all he’d ever known, he never figured that there was something wrong with him. He says that he doesn’t remember the exact moment when he was told about it, but being blind is natural and normal as far as Tommy is concerned. He doesn’t think he’s missing anything. “To us, my family, it was normal,” he says. “It was all I knew.” It’s quite apparent from his videos that Tommy has a great sense of humor. Other interesting videos include: ‘Best Things about Being Blind’, ‘Why Nature Scares Me’ and the ‘Blind Basketball’ series.
Tommy is also reviewing movies as the Blind Film Critic. With his unique and interesting perspective, Tommy says “I watch movies and pay attention to them in a different way than sighted people do. I’m not distracted by all the beautiful shots and attractive people. I watch a movie for the writing and acting.”
In addition to being the Blind Film Critic, Tommy has been a radio professional for over 20 years, having spent the last 16 at STAR 99.9 FM in Connecticut as a traffic reporter. Tommy’s engaging personality, along with his on-air excellence and entertaining demeanor has garnered him much media attention.
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Welcome to Accessible Web, an initiative that aims at making the Internet more accessible to everyone.
Accessible Web is about making websites usable by everyone, regardless of their platform or their capabilities. More specifically, Accessible Web aims at making sure that all Internet users can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web.
Accessible Web Objectives
Provide text alternatives for non-text content.
Provide captions and other alternatives for multimedia.
Create content that can be presented in different ways, including by assistive technologies, without losing meaning.
Make it easier for users to see and hear content.
Make all functionality available from a keyboard.
Give users enough time to read and use content.
Do not use content that causes seizures.
Help users navigate and find content.
Make text readable and understandable.
Make content appear and operate in predictable ways.
Help users avoid and correct mistakes.
Maximize compatibility with current and future user tools.