Phorm FAQ: Is Phorm’s Tactile Technology Made to Help the Blind?
Phorm wasn’t created for the visually impaired audience alone. We want mobile productivity easier for everyone, which starts with solving the typing difficulties of a touchscreen. Flat interfaces are not enough because they have no feedback that you’ve hit the right key. You have to rely on looking at the screen which is why we made a tactile improvement. Creating a braille keyboard is less useful when someone with poor eyesight still has trouble navigating a screen and we unfortunately do not have a solution to this issue yet. However, we do see a huge opportunity for our parent company, Tactus Technology, to serve the visually impaired in the future. Once we create devices with our tactile tech integrated into the original device, we’d be able to work on a dynamic interface that will help this audience.
Some of the most exciting opportunities for new interfaces are ones that make devices more accessible. Blindtab is looking to make a sleek tablet with dynamic braille for the blind and a new product Dot, a braille smart watch, was introduced this week. These products are criticized because they still do not allow the blind to have the same access to technology or help them consume content drastically better. The makers of Phorm still see this as a good step forward. Haptics and Tactile tech are ways to provide an opportunity to make phones and tablets more touchable right now. With these technologies you can navigate+type on a device easier with less-than-perfect vision or work on a device without vision at all. You will be able to feel the keys easier and get more feedback to know that you’ve pressed the right keys or buttons. Most importantly you won’t have additional bulkiness that most visually impaired solutions come with. Tactus Technology, the makers of Phorm, see the future of interfaces to be one with no difference in design for the visually abled and disabled.
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