This project right here is called the “Squibble Portable Braille Interface” and it’s basically a text-message machine for the seeing-impared. Or if you’re able to read Braille, you’re in luck because this’d be an amazing pocket-chatter. Love the implications!
My friend Eric taught in Dubai a few years ago and said that his students had become so adept at the keypads on their phones that they’d begun to be able to text in their pockets or behind their backs, without looking! This machine right here would have a step up on them, as the user of this would also be able to READ behind their back. Super fab!
This device works with both braille characters and other easily recognizable symbols on a unique grid of tactile dots. Each dot works in tangent with the rest to present a rather excellent interactive keypad. The pad also works with high-contrast coloring to aid in learning if the user is gradually losing sight.
Replaceable silicone covers.
Currently being studied and developed for production.
Designer: Andrew Mitchell