Technology, nowadays, is a blend of learned responses through visual cues and touch-screens. Most of us are lucky enough to see and visualize all these wonderful benefits, but what about those that are less fortunate in the visual category? What about the visually impaired? How can they make use of cell phones and technology where everything that’s given as an option requires one to have a sight or vision?
Introducing: Project Ray. (Model RAY-G300)
– a touch-screen smartphone for the visually impaired.
The company behind the G300 is known as “Ray”, which is a new startup firm backed by Qualcomm. They’ve developed a 4″ WVGA screen GSM device, with a tweaked version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Equipped with 1GHZ CPU (single core), 5 MEGAPIXEL rear-facing camera, 4GB memory, microSD card slot, microUSB charging port, headphone port, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and 1350mAH battery.
There are several benefits as to why it outshines other devices. its designed to learn user patterns and apply changes accordingly. On top of self-learning, it ‘talks’ to the user on every action or move; whether it be: reading a magazine, automatic backup and restore of data, easy access to panic and emergency services, reading out GPS location, etc (sort of how the Accessibility feature works on most smartphones). The biggest benefit is its custom made user-interface, allowing easy hand gestures and movements with maximum functionality and feedback from the device.
The phone itself costs $750USD for now on their website and is available with free shipping.
I honestly think most devices nowadays are aimed at people who can see. This is the only initiative which is solely targeting the visually impaired, which I must say is inspirational. One company that’s actually working for a good cause. I wish this company the best of luck and success, and ofcourse thanks to Android for being free and customizable, so that it can be used by ‘literally’: everyone.