Smartphone for the Blind Offers Voice and Touch User Interface

14 June 2013
Ben Logan

Author: Ben Logan

Passionate about improving services and experiences for the people that use them.

Odin Mobile have just released the RAU Huawei Vision smartphone, a device that allows blind users to make phone calls, send text messages, browse the Internet, recognise colours and have access to audio books plus magazines.

Speaking in an interview with the Times of Israel, the CEO of the group behind the phone, Boaz Zilberman said: “We have built a breakthrough user interface that defines a new language for human-device interaction that is built, ground-up, for eye-free operation.”

Every feature on the phone can be accessed by voice and touch, with responsive feedback to guide the users as needed. As an example, when a user slides his finger across the touch screen and reaches the Email icon, the phone will “say” the word Email.

For the blind, the device can do the job of many other peripherals, wrapped up inside an easy to manage intuitive user interface.

Zilberman concluded: “Our RAY smartphone combined with Odin Mobile’s full-cellular services for the blind and visually impaired, will finally bring to this important community the same services available to the mainstream full-sighted community.”

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