Text Without Looking At The Screen With A Braille-Style Interface
Georgia Tech researchers create a prototype for touch-screen mobile devices that can enable users to text without looking at their screens.
Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a braille-like texting app that allows users to send messages without looking at their screens. The team believes it will be useful for both the visually impaired and sighted users who could text whilst watching TV, walking or socializing. This could enhance multitasking and support the integration of texting with television and other experiences.
BrailleTouch is a free open-source app that uses a six-finger chording process, which replicates the traditional Braille keyboard. The prototype texting tool for touch-screen devices is aiming to be a complete solution for sending messages without the need to look at a device’s screen, replacing soft QWERTY keyboards and other texting technologies. It turns a touch-screen into a soft-touch keyboard programmed for Braille and requires only six keys, making it a practical solution for the limited screen size of smartphones. Mario Romero, the project’s principal investigator, said: