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jeudi 1 mars 2012

phone app BrailleTouch Helps Visually Impaired Users

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phone app BrailleTouch Helps Visually Impaired Users
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As touch screens become more and more ubiquitous there is an imminent and
increasing need to devise new ways in which blind and partially sighted
people can use and benefit from them, rather than being marginalised by
them. One such innovation is a new app that will be launched over the coming
weeks called Braille Touch. This new app has been developed by Georgia Tech
for use on iPhones and Android phones, and once proficient in its use it is
claimed to be up to six times faster than existing methods for sending text
messages without sight.

Unlike many phone apps, Braille Touch is designed to be used holding the
phone horizontally in landscape mode with the screen facing away from you.
When held like this the user can easily place three fingers from each hand
on the three virtual buttons located on the right and left-hand side of the
screen. By selecting various combinations of the six virtual buttons in a
chorded process users can type letters in a Braille-like dot matrix, and
each letter may be spoken as it is typed. To insert a space between words
the user simply needs to swipe a finger across the screen.

The Georgia Tech research group has developed iPhone and iPad versions of
Braille Touch and is currently working on Android versions. Early trials
with participants proficient in Braille typing have demonstrated that users
can reach up to 32 words per minute with 92 percent accuracy using the
prototype app on an iPhone.

With the good news that the app will be free for users to download perhaps
now you have the perfect excuse to start polishing up your Braille skills!

If you're keen to know more about the app, you can view a short
demonstration video on

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