Snail concept reads for visually impared with Braille-to-speech translation

By Chris Cook - May 8, 2011

When it comes to concept designs we are all aware by now that they don’t always make it to the production line. Another thing we know about concepts are their designs are often unique and today we have news of another unique concept design called the Snail.

This handheld device is actually capable of reading Braille and can also translate and record it for future playback. If you’ve ever been curious as to what something written in Braille says but are unable to read it yourself, with this device you can now.

Designed with the visually impaired in mind the Snail uses a touch pad that is pressure sensitive to run over passages of Braille and translates to speech making the sometimes tedious reading process quicker.

By placing their thumb in the device users are able to run it over the passage which is then translated into audio through the Bluetooth headset or the speaker it has. Check out Yanko Design for more information about the design.

What do you think of the Snail? Would you need a device like this? Let us know in the comments below.

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