Breakthrough may lead to full screen displays for blind

So much of what I enjoy in life is visual, I can't imagine how difficult it would be if I didn't have eyesight. The blind and visually impaired are able to read and function amazingly well, much better than some of the sighted people I know. A new breakthrough from North Carolina State University may one day lead to full screen displays for the blind.

As it is now many of the devices that blind users take advantage of for Braille reading has only one line. That is sort of like a computer display for those who can see that only lets you read one line at a time. The university has made a breakthrough with electroactive polymers that may allow the development of full screen displays with Braille for the blind and visually impaired.

This tech would be fantastic for eReaders like the Kindle that have come under fire from groups that claim they are not accessible to the blind. Basically, the design is a concept at this point and would use a "hydraulic and latching mechanism" to allow the screen to raise dots of the appropriate height that can be read by those fluent in Braille.