Wouldn’t it be neat if everyone learned braille? This would definitely help with the braille literacy crisis–and it would make brailling “cool” as the best way to text to friends and family. (And changing that attitude so that it’s cool might be the trick to getting more people to learn and making braille more readily accessible!)
By John D. Sutter, CNN
(CNN) — If Mario Romero has his way, we’ll all be learning Braille soon.
The post-doc researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology has co-developed an app, called BrailleTouch, that could help blind people send text messages and type e-mails on touch-screen smartphones without the need for expensive, extra equipment. To use the app, people hold their phones with the screens facing away from them and punch combinations of six touch-screen buttons to form characters. The app speaks a letter aloud after it’s been registered, so there’s no need to see the screen.
The system is designed for blind and visually impaired people, who otherwise have to purchase thousand-dollar machines or cumbersome “hover-over” (more on that later) keyboards to be able to type on no-button smartphones. But Romero sees a spin-off for the technology: The touch-screen Braille keyboard is so fast that sighted people may start…
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