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BrailleTouch is now available worldwide! Visit: brailletouchapp.com!

What is BrailleTouch?

BrailleTouch is a revolutionary iPhone app for the blind community that lets you type using braille on your touchscreen. It is based on the familiar six-key braille keyboard, as found on the Perkins Brailler and many electronic braille notetakers. With BrailleTouch, you can send text messages, emails, and tweets from the BrailleTouch keyboard, and copy text you type in braille to paste into any other app on your iPhone.

BrailleTouch in the News

Twenty-minute interview with Henry Slucki and Jolie Mason from Los Angeles Pacific Radio KPFK - March 28, 2012

Six-minute interview with Tony Charles from South Whales Talking Magazine Association - March 13, 2012

BrailleTouch at Accessible World's Tek Talk - one-hour interview with a community of blind users of technology, March 5, 2012

BrailleTouch introduction at the Lecture by Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman: Feb. 23, 2012 - 01:20

CNN Newsroom, February 25, 2012.

Full Video

CNN en Espanol, Cafe CNN, February 28, 2012.

Fox 10 TV, Pensacola, February 20, 2012

BrailleTouch, new texting app: fox10tv.com

Attlanta & Co., NBC 11Alive, February 13, 2012.

Youtube video and news released by Georgia Tech on February 17, 2012

BBC News on February 20, 2012

CNN on February 20, 2012

People behind BrailleTouch

Mario Romero - Principal Investigator, co-inventor

Gregory Abowd - co-Principal Investigator

Caleb Southern - co-Investigator, co-inventor

Brian Frey - co-Investigator, co-inventor

James Clawson - co-Investigator

David Quigley - Research Assistant

Chris Stewart - Research Assistant

Kate Rosier - Research Assistant

Support and Collaboration from

Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center Wireless-RERC

Alernative Media Access Center AMAC

Center for the Visually Impaired CVI

The Atlanta VA Vision Loss Center VAVLC

WizKid Science and Technology Centers WizKid


Southern, C., Clawson, J., Frey, B., Abowd, G., Romero, M., "An Evaluation of BrailleTouch: Mobile Touchscreen Text Entry for the Visually Impaired." MobileHCI 2012, (Full Paper), San Francisco, September 2012 pdf.

Frey, B., Rosier, K., Southern, C., Romero, M., "From Texting App to Braille Literacy." Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Extended Abstracts, ACM CHI 2012. Austin, USA: May 2012. (Accepted - 6-page paper) pdf.

Romero, M., Frey, B., Southern, C., Abowd, G., "BrailleTouch: Designing a Mobile Eyes-Free Soft Keyboard." MobileHCI 2011, Design Competition. Stockholm, August 2011. pdf and poster

Frey, B., Southern, C., Romero, M., "BrailleTouch: Mobile Texting for the Visually Impaired." Proceedings of Human-Computer Interaction International, HCII. Orlando: July 2011. pdf

Thank you!