iPhone 4 crosses the boundaries with a Braille display

A lot of good people to follow on Twitter like @iamdanw, @edent have posted this earlier today but it's only now that I got to watch the video over at MacStories. Victor Tsaran is a musician with a very strong geek influence: Temple University Computer Science graduate who has helped visually impaired people with computers.

 

A lot of good people to follow on Twitter like @iamdanw, @edent have posted this earlier today but it's only now that I got to watch the video over at MacStories. Victor Tsaran is a musician with a very strong geek influence: Temple University Computer Science graduate who has helped visually impaired people with computers.

In this video he shows how to take advantage of the new iPhone 4 linking it with a refreshable Braille display via Bluetooth. This gadget is quite sophisticated for most of us but that is normally used hooked with PCs for those unable to read what's on the screen. Mac OS and VoiceOver support this and now the iPhone 4 includes this feature. The video shows audio feedback and explains that if he chooses to, he will still getting Braille feedback.

It's just amazing that level of polish in some devices and software that remain completely hidden for the mainstream. Specially when you consider that the iPhone relies on the visual side heavily and its multitouch screen doesn't offer any feedback to the touch of a finger... yet. I have the feeling that niche technology like Victor's demo can really benefit the bigger audience. I'm just thinking of VoiceOver on an iPod shuffle now. Would you like to see a click instead of a tap on your next iPhone or iPad?