16:55 16th Sep, 2019
Samsung Develops Communication Apps for Specially-Abled
Good Vibes is an app-based feature that is developed in India for deaf blind people and have two way of communication with their caregivers and loved one using the smartphone.
For those of us who’ve managed to watch the 1980s television classic Malgudi Days (if not, you can watch the entire series on Amazon Prime), one would recall reference to the Morse Code, the technology used by a postmaster to receive telegrams in one of the episodes titled “The Missing Mail” where a postman delays an urgent message for altruistic reasons and gets fired.
Well! The very same technology has been used around the world for sending secret messages during military operations and by the spy network. Today, the very same technology is coming to the rescue of specially-abled people, thanks to some pioneering work done by Samsung that could help the visually and auditorily challenged people around the world.
The company recently launched two products – Good Vibes that enables strong communication for the deaf and blind and Relúmĭnoto that enables those with any form of vision impairment to see better.
Good Vibes is an app-based feature that is developed in India for deaf blind people and have two way of communication with their caregivers and loved one using the smartphone. It is built on Morse code which converts vibrations into text or voice and vice-versa. They have come up with two interfaces that uses vibrations, gestures and tapes to convert into a voice or text message which will be visible on the visible interface on the caregiver’s smartphone.
The Deaf and blind person uses a combination of dots and dashes using Morse code to send their message. On the other hand, a caregiver can send messages by writing on their interface and the app will convert the normal text into vibration in the form of Morse code which deaf-blind people can interpret. Currently Good Vibes is only available on Galaxy devices though Samsung promises that these would soon be open for all android devices.
Relúmĭno mainly uses virtual reality. It captures images from the rear camera and project more user-friendly image for the visual impaired people. Relúmĭno allows them to experience clearer images by giving the option of magnifying and minimizing images, highlighting the image outline, adjusting color contrast and brightness, and reversing color.
However, the invention of the new technology alone wouldn’t suffice. It needs to be marketed in the right manner so that it is able to reach those who can make the most out of it. In order to make its product reach the wider and relevant audience, Samsung is also partnering with NGOs in India to demonstrate their two new technologies.
Samsung recently partnered with Sense India and pledged to improve the lives of deaf-blind people in the country. It also organized some training workshops for Sense India educators and deaf-blind individuals along with their caregivers in Delhi and Bengaluru besides giving away Samsung Galaxy A20 smartphones to some people and their caregivers.
In case, you found this story interesting, we suggest that you take a minute and watch this beautiful video of how Good Vibes can actually create good vibes amongst the specially-abled people.
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