BrailleTouch by BrailleTech, LLC (iPhone)
Released: Jan 31, 2013
Version: 1.1
Size: 3 MB
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BrailleTech, LLC
Looking for a faster and easier way to type on your iPhone or iPod touch? BrailleTouch is an app for the blind community based on the familiar six key braille keyboard, as found on the Perkins Brailler® and many electronic braille notetakers. With BrailleTouch, you can type on your touchscreen using braille. You will hear each character and/or word as you type in braille.

We offer additional features through an Upgrade available as an In App Purchase. With the Upgrade, you can send text messages, emails, and tweets from the touchscreen braille keyboard. You can also copy text from the touchscreen braille keyboard and paste it into other apps on your iPhone. In our testing, people who are blind and know the standard braille keyboard mastered BrailleTouch in less than an hour and typed at an average of 23 words per minute!

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How does BrailleTouch work?

To use BrailleTouch, you hold the iPhone in landscape with both hands and the screen facing away from you. The first three fingers of your left hand will fall on the left side of the screen. The first three fingers of your right hand will fall on the right side of the screen. To type, you simply tap the screen with the same fingers as you would use on a standard six key braille keyboard.

For best results, we recommend using a case with your iPhone or iPod touch. This will help you grip the phone with two hands. In addition, a case will keep your hand from covering the speaker under the Home button on the iPhone. If you use headphones, we recommend either using a Bluetooth wireless headset, or using a right-angle headphone jack so you can grip the phone comfortably.

BrailleTouch is fully compatible with VoiceOver. The first version of BrailleTouch is based on US English and North American Grade 1 uncontracted braille. It supports upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and most punctuation. BrailleTouch will run on iPhone 3Gs or higher, iPod touch 3rd generation or higher, and requires iOS 5.0 or higher.
Our verdict: Good
  • + BrailleTouch is a highly rated app (5-star).
  • + The app is free.
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