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Small Footprint Communication Device for the Blind

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000187549D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Sep-10
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Sep-10
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes is an apparatus and method for manipulating braille displays that are portable but still usable by scrolling the braille text across the user's hand, rather than requiring the user to feel over a wide area.

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Small Footprint Communication Device for the Blind

Currently, there are various devices that enable blind people to communicate, however, portability is an issue. Many of the devices have a large footprint or are even immobile. There are very few devices that are mobile today, and those that are, can be costly and are large in size. Thus, there is a need to create better messaging devices for the blind with a small footprint and low cost. Described herein is an apparatus and method for manipulating braille displays that are portable but still usable by scrolling the braille text across the user's hand, rather than requiring the user to feel over a wide area.

In a primary example, a handheld device would be built containing a thumb-sized braille display. Upon detection of the user's thumb on the display, pending text messages, emails, information, etc. would be scrolled across the user's thumb, rather than statically placed on the display. In this way, the user is not forced to move their hands and text can be provided in a smaller area, thus enabling a smaller overall device.

In one supplemental example the user can control the speed of the scrolling text via a separate control, or button.

In a further supplemental example, the device would contain a Reverse/Forward button that would enable the user to rewind or forward the message to a particular point they desire.

An Example Use Case:

User is notified of a new message.

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