There are no doubts the mobile technology could be a force for good. The so called Thimble concept we’ll be discussing today perfectly illustrates that.
The idea here is to connect what looks like a Bluetooth-enabled one-finger glove with a mobile phone to transmit information to visually impaired. The mentioned glove takes ambient input from an embedded camera and relays it in via a tactile grid to the wearer’s finger in Braille. Additionally, it can also handle RSS feeds, books and I guess any other text.
Sounds promising but unfortunately not like something that would excite today’s venture capital industry. Maybe some government-sponsored institution could support it, but that usually translates into long time to market. Still, Thimble is an awesome concept that tackles a real-life problem of visually impaired people and we do hope someone will do something about it.
And before I let you go, we have a demo video to share. Here comes…