Posted by: Dissol on Jul 20, 2011
We live in fascinating times. My work is as an access consultant, and as such I try to keep abreast of new developments for anything that may benefit people with disabilities. It can be an almost full time job, just trawling the net for new ideas, and devices.
- I have seen exoskeletons for people with mobility impairments (you will never know how much I WANT one of those!).
- White canes for people with sight impairments, with radar fitted into the handle, which vibrates, and warns the users of objects ahead, even at head level.
- GPS / bluetooth for blind users to navigate around a city.
Today I came across a small app which can be downloaded onto an Android phone. This enables a deaf blind person to be able to receive SMS messages. The phone vibrates when an SMS is received (OK, nothing too funky about that), but then it can translate the text into morse code vibrations, for the person to feel. Now the total amount of people who will benefit (deaf blind people who know Morse Code, and own an Android phone), may be quite small, but it is this sort of technology that I get excited about. It is a simple application using existing technology. So therefore affordable.
But then I got to thinking...this is only for Android phones... Nothing so far for Blackberry, Nokia, or iPhones... And then I thought some more (Wednesday is a thinking day!), and realised that we have two incredible programmers on MyDL; MikeZilla & the Source, in Nokia, and Blackberry respectively... So I wonder if they are up for the challenge, and to do the same thing for their platforms??? Is there anyone out there who could do the same for iPhones???
The only downside...just think how annoying spam would be to these people...