Touch Sight is a digital camera for the blind. Instead of on a digital display, the camera records 3D images on a flexible Braille screen. In addition to the image, the camera records three seconds of sound, which helps measure the distance of the photographed object and acts as a viewing reference. “The sound file and picture document combine to become a touchable photo that is saved in the device and can be uploaded to share with others--and downloaded to other Touch Sight cameras.”

The designer, Chueh Lee for Samsung Design China, learned at the Center for the Blind at Herzliya, Israel that holding the camera to the forehead is the best way to stabilize and aim the camera.

Touch Sight was one of Time’s best Inventions of 2008, and won Gold in the International Design Excellence Awards ’08 in the Communication Tools – Concepts category.

By Mark Alvarez