Blindness and Windows Phone, a match made in Poland

Our vision is something we often take for granted and we have already seen how one team from Imagine Cup is using the Kinect and Bing Maps to overcome blindness but what about reading? We are all familiar with braille but allowing visually impaired individuals to use smartphones, so far, has been a challenging experience

When you think about a flat touchscreen device, bringing braille to that experience seems like it would disrupt the device and require and adtitional surface or utility to make it possible. A creative group of individuals has figured out how to side-step this problem by using vibration feedback to allow those who are blind, to read, using a Windows Phone.

The concept can been seen in the video above and shows how once again, thinking outside the box, we can expand the horizons of those around us who may have a disability that limits their use of technology.

The team that created this applicaiton is out of Poland and they plan to offer this application for free on Windows Phone. The application can be ported to other platforms but for now, it resides on Windows Phone. To take it even further, the team has plans to scale out the technology as by using vibration feedback, it would be possible to tweak Windows Phone's OS to incorporate this feedback and allow visually impaired individuals to use a smartphone to its fullest capability. 

Interested in Imagine Cup? Want to learn more or even register your team for the 2013 challenges? Head on over to Imagine Cup's website to stay updated on all the events for the 2013 competition. 

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This article has absolutely nothing to do with MS ppl in Poland made this and they did it a windows phone first prolly cus of the incentives MS gives and said it'll be ported to other platforms.

Shows how much pathetic ppl hate on MS just for putting a product name in there. Grow up

psionicinversion said,
This article has absolutely nothing to do with MS ppl in Poland made this and they did it a windows phone first prolly cus of the incentives MS gives and said it'll be ported to other platforms.

Shows how much pathetic ppl hate on MS just for putting a product name in there. Grow up


You are, pathetic.

I wonder why you always read articles about Microsoft doing all the good work. While Apple makes news with titles like "Apple hates the environment" or "Steve Jobs hates philanthropy".

gzAsher said,
I wonder why you always read articles about Microsoft doing all the good work. While Apple makes news with titles like "Apple hates the environment" or "Steve Jobs hates philanthropy".

The "Apple hates the environment" title was a joke, and Bill Gates philanthropy (and general attitude) puts Steve Jobs to shame. Gates isn't afraid to compliment Jobs. Jobs would have spit on Gates' grave. He just couldn't let it go.

Where is Apple's student competition to hand out prizes to innovative students that are creating products to create global change, to use technology to solve the toughest problems? Where is the community outreach and philanthropy? You don't get goodwill from massive profits.

gzAsher said,
I wonder why you always read articles about Microsoft doing all the good work. While Apple makes news with titles like "Apple hates the environment" or "Steve Jobs hates philanthropy".

http://www.neowin.net/news/fin...olen-car-that-evaded-police

That's the latest Apple related story on Neowin and it's not exactly negative In fact, it's difficult to understand why that story hit the news today - tracking is a feature that's been available on phones for years and Apple didn't invent it.

Maybe you just have a chip on your shoulder.

gzAsher said,
I wonder why you always read articles about Microsoft doing all the good work. While Apple makes news with titles like "Apple hates the environment" or "Steve Jobs hates philanthropy".

I don't know if you intended it or not... but this is a comment on the reality of the companies.

- or were you asking this as a question suggestion it to be a false image created by journalists?

gzAsher said,
I wonder why you always read articles about Microsoft doing all the good work. While Apple makes news with titles like "Apple hates the environment" or "Steve Jobs hates philanthropy".

There have been negative and positive articles here on NeoWin for both Microsoft and Apple. The difference is that on other big name web sites, all the Apple articles are positive or neutral, while Microsoft articles are either neutral or negative. And when an article does not give praise to Apple, even when Microsoft is condemned for doing the same thing Apple was praised for, then people label the author and all who do not comment with disdain for the article, as a hater.