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Braille-Infused Phones

LG Touch Allows Users to Feel Clothing Material While Shopping Online

— December 2, 2012 — Tech
Andrea Ponti has designed a virtual reality phone, the LG Touch, that can provide real-time feedback, allowing the visually impaired to know what's happening on the screen.

As the winner of the LG Mobile Design Competition, the LG Touch features a minimalist design that incorporates important functions like Braille functions and keyboards that allow the visually impaired to easily maneuver, unlike traditional mobile devices where they have to feel for and memorize different keys. The "high-tech polymer membrane touch surface" (according to the site) constantly changes as well to reflect different steps in the browsing process as well as provide tactile displays for online shoppers so they can literally feel the material of the item they wish to purchase, which further enhances the online shopping experience.
Trend Themes
1. Virtual Reality Phones - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop virtual reality phones with real-time feedback for visually impaired users.
2. Braille Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create devices with Braille functions and keyboards for visually impaired individuals to improve accessibility.
3. Tactile Online Shopping - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Introduce tactile displays for online shoppers to feel the material of items they wish to purchase.
Industry Implications
1. Mobile Device Manufacturing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Incorporate Braille functions and keyboards in mobile devices to cater to the visually impaired market.
2. Assistive Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop virtual reality phones and devices with real-time feedback to enhance accessibility for the visually impaired.
3. E-commerce - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Implement tactile displays in online shopping platforms to enhance the shopping experience for customers.
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