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08. 12. 2011

Omnifer case adds braille to the iPad

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The new Omnifer iPad cover concept from designer Jayson D'Alessandro aims to transform a flat area of this fairly standard looking case into braille, so that visually impaired users are still able to use the device.

At first I thought that there would just be set letters in braille above the iPad's keypad area, but in fact the Omnifer has been designed to respond to light and the braille changes depending on the specific light signals on the screen.

It's a really innovative yet complicated design, which uses gas to expand the braille up and down depending on the letters it needs to depict.

Although I admire the design and the huge efforts it must have taken to come up with the concept of the Omnifer, I can't help but think an independent device designed especially with the visually impaired in mind might be easier for all parties in the long run?

However, it's still an extremely clever concept and if it's put into production it could eventually make a range of different gadgets and devices accessible to many of those who are visually impaired and usually have difficulty using them.

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Via Yanko Design.

Posted by Becca    Category: accessories | body
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Scott:

An independent device designed and marketed solely to those with disabilities is extremely expensive. An application or a hardware extension like this item is lowers the cost dramatically.

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