The joy that we get out of our prized tech gadgets such as the iPad largely remains imperceptible to those who are visually challenged. Considering the need of such individuals, Jayson D'Alessandro has designed a brilliant case for the iPad, so the texture of hot selling tablet can be felt even by those who are visually impaired. The iPad cover named as, The Omnifer, is also a nominee at the 2011 IDEA Award.
Unlike the usual iPad cases, the Omnifer has three panels, allowing you to switch easily between the Braille mode and the protective mode for which a cover is usually used. The Braille layer of the case takes up only half of the screen. The intelligent concept that converts this technology into a braille reader is the use of a chemical inside the cover. One of the panels of the Omnifer contains gas pockets, filled with a chemical, which expands when illuminated. Upon expanding the braille dots get raised facilitating the users to consume the digital content displayed on the iPad screen. When the iPad is not in use, the braille dots don't get illuminated and thus they stay in their normal position. Along with the iPad case being technically brilliant, it is also very thin and light making it highly portable and comfortable. And when not in use, it can also act as a protective layer for the iPad.
The possibility of this innovative technology is quite large. This could lead the app developers to add accessibility features in their apps or program apps specially for the visually challenged. However, it's still a concept design but if commercialized this could bring about a change in the way visually challenged enjoy technologies. It would also help iPad to penetrate the untapped market.