Our first step is social innovation Feelif developed with blind and visually impaired, with which they can – for the first time – feel shapes on a standard touch screens. Our technology opens new possibilities for blind and visually impaired how and for which purpose they can use smart devices.
Our technology is innovative and patent pending. Raised dots – used in Braille alphabet – are converted into vibrations on a flat screen. Special relief grid – on top of touchscreen – allows the user to get a feeling of space on a flat touch screen. With its help a blind or visually impaired person can precisely touch a particular part of the screen. Vibrations signal to the user which part of the screen is "raised". So, by moving a finger across the surface, the user can feel vibrations of specific “raised” dots as if he/she would touch embossed paper. By following vibrations, the user moves the finger over contours of the object. The user's brain interprets that as a shape, so he/she can recognize what he/she is touching.
Feelif also plays specific sounds to tell the user which way the line (shape) is going. So with a little practice a blind or visually impaired person can follow the contour without losing it.