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Indian company developing world's first Braille smartphone

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Sun April 28, 2013

Smartphone to bring Braille SMS messages

Researchers at India's Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship are working on a smartphone that will leverage novel technologies in order to allow blind users to receive messages in Braille. The device has yet to be officially named, but it is expected to hit the market late this year.

The Braille smartphone, Times of India reports, uses an innovative "touch screen," which can raise and lower a grid of pins in order to form Braille shapes and characters when an SMS or email is received. Shape Memory Alloy technology allows each pin to remember its original flat shape even as it expands, allowing it to contract automatically when necessary.

Sumit Dagar, the designer behind the device, says that the initial response to it has been "immense."

"It comes out as a companion more than a phone to the user," Dagar told Times of India. "We plan to do more advanced versions of the phone in the future."

The device has been in the works for three years, and it may be ready for release later in 2013. The team plans to sell the phone for around $185. [images via CNN]

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