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-------- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a mobile phone with call-and-respond naming capacity for individuals who are blind or have low vision. Dubbed the Soft Pet by its designers, this mobile phone responds to its assigned name when called much like a pet does. In addition to the call-and-respond naming capability, the Soft Pet offers speech input and output functionality and Braille buttons. The user gives the Soft Pet mobile phone a name much like they would a pet. When the user calls the phone's name, it responds audibly so the user to easily locate his or her cellular phone in case it gets misplaced or they are unable to locate it. The Soft Pet is soft to touch and is draped in soft and smooth silicone making it comfortable to hold. The device can also sense the presence of a user's contacts and if the contact is nearby, the phone can describe the distance with its speech function. Pet Soft also has an emergency call button should the user need assistance. Soft Pet will come with soft silicone tray on which the user will place the device when not in use. The tray also will act as a wireless charger. AUTHOR: Jaspreet Kaur Walia. TITLE: Soft Pet mobile phone for the visually impaired responds when its name is called. WEBSITE: Design Buzz. REF: http://www.designbuzz.com/soft-pet-mobile-phone-visually-impaired-responds-called.html.
Notes: Designers: Zhao Cheng, Liu Xiangcheng, Li Hui, Feng Lu, Yan Hong and Wen Hualiang.
This product record was updated on May 31, 2012.
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