New iPad Case Adds Braille Keyboard

Yanko Designs has a new concept piece on their blog, and it’s not your usual iPad case.

The Omnifer case converts the image of braille text to physical braille text, which can be used by the visually disabled. Half the screen is covered with an array of light sensors. The sensors pick of braille dots on the screen and signal the upper layer of the cover. Each dot in the upper layer is a mechanical switch that pops up when triggered.

It’s a pretty good idea, but this case would also seem to be redundant. According to Apple, the iPad and iPhone are already compatible with 30 or more Bluetooth enabled Braille displays. That would seem to be a better option.

via Yanko Designs