Textura Braille Smartphone by Isa Velarde

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Textura

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Braille Smartphone

INSPIRATION:
Why not allowing people with a visual impairment to have a smartphone they can find aesthetically pleasing not through vision but through touch? One of the main objectives of Textura is to provide a different approach to the stigma among products of these nature.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The aim is beauty and pleasure through touch, as well as an up-to-date smartphone for people with a visual impairment. When the phone is off, the screen remains smooth, it is until a message arrives or the phone is turned on that the moveable pins press against the flexible membrane to create braille outputs. By this, it is possible to simulate a touch screen that doesn't need sight. All this keeping in mind a sleek and subtle design. Textura explores a new, unseen side of simplicity and minimalism.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The moveable pins work as outputs as they move up and down individually to create a message in braille or an icon with texture. They as well work as inputs since they are also buttons that can be pressed to either select an option or type a message.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in Mexico City in 2015, as part of a personal project.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Just as any regular smartphone, Textura receives data and projects it onto a screen. Every individual pin is connected to a small magnetic mechanism that, when receiving a signal, activates and pushes the pin against the membrane, hence creating a bump. The phone is a combination of a smooth elastic plastic, pleasant to the touch, and a metal case with soft finishes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions: 14 cm x 7 cm

TAGS:
Smartphone, Texture, Braille, Textura, Communication

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
One of the main downsides of assistive technology is the stigma that it may cause among its users. Research shows that, although there are many reasons for this, one of its main causes lies in the visual language of the device. Comfort when using technology of this nature may vary depending on how uncommon the object looks and how much attention it brings to it. Due to this, the objective of this project is to provide a different approach to this issue, parting from the idea that beauty can be perceived with other senses aside from sight.

CHALLENGE:
One of the main challenges for this project was that being so used to relying on sight, it was necessary to try to put it aside and consider other senses. For instance, touch, and how beauty can be perceived through these other senses.

ADDED DATE:
2017-02-21 15:16:52

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Isa Velarde, 2016.

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Textura Braille Smartphone by Isa Velarde is a Nominee in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category.

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Textura Braille Smartphone by Isa Velarde is Winner in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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