The spark of inspiration is ignited in various manners; some when faced with familiar situations, and some coming indirectly from our daily dose of media absorption. Well, Anandghan Waghmare had his brainstorm from the later, when watching a TV show about people with disabilities. And, he went on to design a fully working DIY smartphone that is specifically tailored to blind people. Dubbed simply as the Braille Smartphone, the innovative contrivance doesn’t depend on any kind of voice support. Staying true to its name, the mobile device is rather based solely on the Braille, which is a special tactile writing system for visually impaired people.
In terms of design, the Braille Smartphone boasts of a 3D printed case, while its under-hood features comprise of Arduino Mega board with a GSM module. The set-up is complemented by an embossed touchscreen for input at the top section, while below it is an actuator controlled Braille cell. Suffice it to say, the form-factor of the phone is still in its rudimentary stage. The creator however is looking forth to improve upon the overall aesthetics in the near future.
Lastly, by Waghmare’s own admission, he was pretty inexperienced in the field of mobile phones when starting out with the conscientious project. However, he had the help of another friend, and together they successfully managed to craft the Braille Smartphone. Well, that might serve as a testament to the age-old adage – where there is a will, there is a way.
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