EasySMS: Helping Everyone Utilize Text Messaging
Using pictograms and avatars, one company brings text messaging to those without the benefit of education in the developing world.
Students at an interaction design workshop held by EPFL, a polytechnic school in Switzerland, have created a mobile app that enables people who cannot read or write to use SMS texting. The app is built for rural communities in developing countries. According to the EPFL website:
EasySMS application empowers illiterate people to read, compose and send text messages through available text-to-speech solutions to their contacts. Composition of messages is facilitated through pictograms and previously received messages. Contact identification is aided by visually search-able avatars.
The people behind the application are Lukas Frelich, Elsa Friscira, Oscar Bolanos, and their mentor Hendrik Knoche will be attending Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2011, a competition encouraging students solve big problems with technology.