For the blind and those who are visually impaired, Jayson D’Alessandro has created the Omnifer iPad cover. Still only a concept, the case transforms the iPad’s flat surface into Braille, reflecting the contents of the page you are surfing.
According to a posting at Yanko Design, the Omnifer uses gas pockets filled with a chemical that reacts by expanding when exposed to light. This allows braille dots to rise, as necessary.
Naturally, in order for this to be successful, apps must be developed that interact with the case. In doing so, the app would automatically stream text into braille format to the user’s fingertips. As of now, the supporting technology is not yet available.
This is a brilliant concept. It would be terrific to see it implemented sometime in the future.