Kriyate Design Solutions testing first Braille smartphone

April 23, 2013 by Bob Yirka weblog

( —Indian company Kriyate Design Solutions, headed and run by post-graduate student Sumit Dagar, has built a prototype Braille smartphone that makes use of a type of shape metal alloy to cause pins to raise and lower on a touchscreen—it allows users to read what is being sent using only their fingertips.

The project is being funded by the Rolex Awards—five people with promising ideas are given money every two years to develop . Dagar and his company are working with the Indian Institute of Technology and the prototype they've created is set to be tested by the L V Prasad Eye Institute. Dagar reportedly came up with the idea for a phone on his own while attending India's National Institute of Design. Upon graduation he formed Kriyate Design Solutions with the express goal of creating a fully functional Braille smartphone. His idea all along has been to build a smartphone that fully implements Braille, allowing those who use it to send and receive text messages. The prototype is able to do just that by making use of metal in the form of pins that expands and contracts just enough to be felt by the fingertips. Incoming text is converted to Braille allowing the phone to express letters, numbers and even pictures allowing users to read information that others send, or from the Internet.

Up till now, blind people have had to rely on apps (such as Georgie developed by Sight and Sound Technology) to use their smartphones. Such apps typically make use of GPS to help those that cannot see find their way around unknown areas and to help read signs, menus, etc. With this new innovation, will be able to send and receive text messages, read web content, use custom apps (including those with GPS abilities) and even take pictures of things and look at them using their fingers. It's a significant step forward and likely would not have occurred had not an insightful person come up with a workable idea, and then been backed by a company with very deep pockets and no expectations of making a profit from its investment.

The phone has been under design and development for three years and is now ready for testing. If successful, Dagar and his company plan to begin selling the phone to the public for as little as $185.

Explore further: Breakthrough design opens door to 'full screen' Braille displays for the blind

More information: via TimesofIndia

Related Stories

Snail Braille reader could read books to the blind

May 6, 2011

( -- To most of us, Braille is largely a mystery. It feels really cool, but the idea of actually reading it is kind of a pipe dream. Our sense of touch simply is not as sensitive as that of a blind person. That ...

Georgia Tech develops braille-like texting app (w/ video)

February 17, 2012

Imagine if smartphone and tablet users could text a note under the table during a meeting without anyone being the wiser. Mobile gadget users might also be enabled to text while walking, watching TV or socializing without ...

Smartphone apps can help texting-while-driving addicts

November 25, 2012

Txting n drivng? It's against the law in 39 states, but that hasn't stopped many of us from reaching for the phone while we're on the road. The chime of a new text message is enticing, and the urge to look at it is almost ...

Recommended for you

Nevada researchers trying to turn roadside weed into biofuel

November 26, 2015

Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed—curly top gumweed—was ...

No lens? No problem for FlatCam

November 23, 2015

How thin can a camera be? Very, say Rice University researchers who have developed patented prototypes of their technological breakthrough.

The ethics of robot love

November 25, 2015

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but it was cancelled. Malaysian police branded it "illegal" and "ridiculous". "There is nothing scientific about sex with robots," ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.