7 Vienna – AUSTRIA

Blitab, the first fully Braille touchscreen tablet

Disability - From 10 to 16 July

Sidelined by the digital world because of the technical obstacles, visually impaired people will soon have the first fully Braille touchscreen tablet to surf the Internet. Designed by the Austrian group Blitab Technology, this revolutionary tablet uses a smart material for its screen – the characteristics of which the company has not revealed. It will display small bubbles as a Braille text is being read on the Internet, directly on the tablet screen. Ideal for blind people wanting to read a digital book. The device could be available as soon as 2016. The invention may encourage the development of an Internet for blind people, with many pages written in Braille.