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Braille Overlay For Touch Screen Pin Pad/Keyboard Entry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015149D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a device for enabling visually impaired individuals the ability to interact with a flat-panel touch screen for PIN code or text entry. Touch screen have no markings for visually impaired users, causing frustration and disenfranchisement. Providing a removable overlay or template for the touch screen with cutout indicator boxes and braille symbols could allow visually impaired users to interact with the touch screen when entering data. This overlay could be placed on the touch screen when needed. Some have placed transparent film with braille symbols permanently over the screen, but this will not work with touch screens that require physical contact with the screen and does not allow for changing input screens such as changing from PIN PAD to alphabetic keyboard or some other such format like a signature capture area or survey form. 1

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Braille Overlay For Touch Screen Pin Pad/Keyboard Entry

Disclosed is a device for enabling visually impaired individuals the ability to interact with a flat-panel touch screen for PIN code or text entry. Touch screen have no markings for visually impaired users, causing frustration and disenfranchisement. Providing a removable overlay or template for the touch screen with cutout indicator boxes and braille symbols could allow visually impaired users to interact with the touch screen when entering data.

This overlay could be placed on the touch screen when needed.

Some have placed transparent film with braille symbols permanently over the screen, but this will not work with touch screens that require physical contact with the screen and does not allow for changing input screens such as changing from PIN PAD to alphabetic keyboard or some other such format like a signature capture area or survey form.

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