Blitab: the first touch tablet for the blind is a reality
June 27, 2015 at 13:10
The technology sector is advancing by leaps and bounds. Every year, firms present great news, especially in the field of mobile devices. Today's smartphones and tablets have little or nothing to do with what we had just a few years ago. One of the great challenges that this industry faces is to adapt these devices so that people with different disabilities can also take advantage of their advantages, and if there is a type of disability that is especially complicated, it is blindness. Blitab, developed by an Austrian startup, is the first touch tablet for the blind.
The usual way we have adopted as a standard for interacting with mobile devices is based on two senses: sight and touch through touch screens. An impassable barrier so far for people with vision problems that require systems that are based on touch and hearing. But they can't be left behind, we live in the digital age and just like other systems have been adapted, smartphones and tablets should do the same so that this sector of the population can benefit from them within their means.
The point is that the big brands, except for few occasions when they launch projects to help certain groups, are not interested in developing a device for such a specific and limited number of users. Although they are the ones that have more resources, economic and technical, at their disposal, the benefits would surely not be enough to cover expenses, due to the high production costs which are usually associated, and that is why bets like the one made by this Austrian company are sometimes the only way out. A startup that adds to others like MotionSavvy, in California, which develops a tablet case capable of acting as a sign language interpreter for people with hearing problems.