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  • Creator Of BlindType, A Keyboard App For The Blind Acquired By Google, Reveals New Keyboard App Called Fleksy

    Creator Of BlindType, A Keyboard App For The Blind Acquired By Google, Reveals New Keyboard App Called Fleksy

    Fleksy is a new keyboard replacement app for iOS, originally designed for use by the blind or partially sighted, which was created by co-founders Ioannis Verdelis and Kostas Eleftheriou of Syntellia. Kostas, you might recall, previously created a proof-of-concept app called BlindType, also targeting the visually impaired market, which he later sold to Google. Fleksy picks up where BlindType… Read More

  • Crazy but real: Device lets blind people see using their tongue

    Invention of the year? Quite possibly! It’s the BrainPort, and it, in effect, gives blind people the ability to see by using the nerve endings on their tongue. It sounds weird, yes. Read More

  • Camera for the blind captures images in braille

    Ho-lee crap. Now I’ve seen it all (no pun intended). This camera, called the Touch Sight, was developed by Chueh Lee of Samsung China. The basic short and sweet is that you hold the camera against your forehead and when you snap a photo, the camera grabs the image and converts it to braille. So you can actually feel the image against your forehead. It also grabs three seconds of… Read More

  • New technology lets visually impaired people sing karaoke, too

    Two companies from the motherland of Karaoke, Japan, partnered up to develop a new Karaoke system that is tailor-made to meet the demands of the blind and visually impaired. Tokyo-based Nippon Telesoft and Xing from Nagoya will release the machine this fall. It’s Japan-only at this point but Nippon Telesoft has set up a dedicated English homepage for the product (which means a lot here… Read More

  • U.S. bionic eye recently tested successfully in Europe

    I bet we’ll start to see more and more of these types of stories in the next two to three years. Apparently two British men have received successful eye operations that have restored their sight. I saw another story on a 60 Minutes-type show (might have actually been 60 Minutes) about a guy in Colorado (maybe it was California) that got a similar operation and then wondered if he was… Read More

  • Vibrating, Braille-enabled cellphone for the blind invented in Japan

    Using vibrations much like a Morse code, professor Nobuyuki Sasaki has invented a type of cellphone that works in Braille for blind dialers. Using a Braille keybaord, the phone uses tactile feedback in the form of dual vibrating mechanisms to respond to input and “display” output, the phone makes it easier for those who can’t see to dial numbers correctly. It’s a… Read More