12 October 2016
Austrian digital lifestyle company, Blitab, has taking the lead in the movement to make life a whole lot easier for visually-challenged people with the manufacture of the world’s first tablet for the blind.
The world’s first tactile tablet for the visually-impaired is named Blitab and is reportedly set to begin shipping across the world later in the year. It is expected to cost $2,500.
Blitab according to the manufacturers is a next curve Braille device for Braille reading and writing that displays one whole page Braille text at once, without any mechanical elements.
Here is how the device works: Blitab uses smart liquids to create bubble-like tactile pixel on the screen for the user. These smart liquids can rise and fall on demand.
And to read text files from USB devices and web pages, the files are converted by the device into Braille code. And the screen of the device is able to display up to 15 lines of Braille text at a time.
The device can do far more than enable the user to read texts as it has features that allow its special screen to produce tactile maps and images. With this device, the blind can idealise images and maps the same way they read texts.
This device is providing an affordable opportunity and 100x better solution, disrupting a market that has no innovation in the last 40 years.
With 285 million visually-challenged people worldwide, among which 150million can use Braille, this device is a major technological breakthrough.
It will go a long way in making them more independent in school, at home and at work while enabling them to maintain gainful employment in the ever-competitive labour market.