Based on Shape Memory Technology – a concept whereby metals expand and contract to retain the original shape – the phone’s screen has grid of pins. These pins move up and down as required thereby elevating or depressing the display based on the text or display to be represented. The concept took around 3 years to materialize and with the validation and iteration stage receiving a great response the prototyping is currently going on.
Summit Dagar, an interaction designer and the man behind the smartphone, notes on his website, “Using height mapping, the device will be able to project information ranging from textual (Braille), images, and animations and videos.”
Last year we reported about Georgie – a smartphone for the blind and visually impaired which relied completely on use of voice commands. The phone was great for those who are comfortable with operating a phone with voice. Use of high-contrast display proved beneficial for the partially blind. But, it never had a braille screen that would have made quite a lot of difference.
One thing that catches our attention – why haven’t any big names in smartphone world come up with something like this up until now? Once the prototype of the product is ready, there are good chances that big names would dive into this segment of smartphone to grab their own share of the pie.