Vibraille is an exploration into the possibilities of adding haptic feedback back into the mobile experience. It is a mobile application that translates letters from text messages into their corresponding braille patterns. These patterns are in turn translated into vibrations using the mobile phone's built in vibration motor.
For each letter, users scan the 2 by 3 grid on screen with their finger, triggering vibration whenever they scroll over a cell that contains a braille bump. This gives them a quick mental image of the pattern and thus the current character in the text. Double tapping the bottom right of the screen advances to the next character. Double tapping the bottom left returns to the previous character. Both functions produce a sustained buzz to indicate the change has occurred.
Messages are organized by the mobile number associated with each text message, starting with the most recent received. Users can advance through the mobile numbers by swiping down with two fingers. Swiping right with two fingers loads the message itself.
Using this kind of haptic feedback could allow those with visual impairments an alternative to a speech only interface with mobile phones.
December 9, 2014
100 - 500
3.0 and up
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