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Each page is written in braille, allowing the user to enjoy their music independently | Photo source Yanko Design

A smart, book-shaped speaker for the visually impaired

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The speaker combines the gestures one makes when reading a book with braille, allowing users to enjoy their music independently

Spotted: Designers Stephen Ow and Kah Kiat have developed “Note,” a smart speaker in the shape of a book for the visually impaired and the blind. 

“Touch” is crucial for the visually impaired. This is why the designers wanted to create a way of listening to music without the need to “see” the screen of an app. Each page is written in braille, allowing the user to enjoy their music independently. The user can then flip a page for a new genre or flip back to play another song. 

The pages, which are double-hinged, allow small electrical boxes to be placed in the device for sensors and switches. This was inspired by how we open musical greeting cards. Another interesting feature is how the volume control works – it is adjusted on how wide the book is opened.

Email: stephenowsianyau@gmail.com

Website: behance.net/stephenow

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