Voim Smartphone Concept for the Visually Impaired

Chris Burns - Dec 14, 2010
Voim Smartphone Concept for the Visually Impaired

Behold a concept for a phone by the name of Voim (seeing in Korean.) This phone is designated as a smartphone by its designers Youngseong Kim & Eunsol Yeom, working both with braille via a full face silicon panel on the front and a camera and earpiece on the back. A simple concept whose implications are fantastic: the front of the phone changes form as new screens are reached, braille dots prodding upward into the panel for simple reading by the visually impared. And what’s the camera and earpiece for? Such lovely things!

As with many smartphones of this modern age, there are functions in this one to use the camera on the back to identify objects. When a new object is identified (for example, a box of cereal), the name or otherwise simple identifying set of words are delivered to the user via the Bluetooth earpiece. This same process is used as the phone is hung around the users neck and the camera is employed as a sort of radar device, telling the user what lies ahead. Thirdly, you can use the camera on this phone to translate text into braille instantly – radical!

[Via Yanko Design]

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