At the end of July the CRTC mandated wireless organizations to have at least one type of cellphone in their lineup by October 21, 2009 that serves “the needs of people who are blind and/or have moderate-to-severe mobility or cognitive disabilities”.
Nokia Beta Labs has come up with a possible solution to help those who are blind. They have released a beta version of “Nokia Braille Reader – SMS for the blind and visually impaired”. The project is a joint venture between Nokia, Tampere University and the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired. And it’s awesome, especially using this on a touchscreen!
Nokia states that the “Braille Reader gives SMS for the blind and visually impaired. It captures received SMS messages and brings them to the foreground for reading using Braille and tactile feedback”. I’m not to sure how the visually impaired person will reply to the text, but it’s a massive step forward!
Get it here from Nokia