Indian inventor Sumit Dagar wins $50,000 from Rolex to develop low-cost Braille phone

Indian inventor Sumit Dagar wins $50,000 from Rolex to develop low-cost Braille phone

NEW DELHI: A 29-year-old Indian inventor on Tuesday won $50,000 to help him make a new low-cost mobile phone for the blind that uses a Braille display. Sumit Dagar , an industrial designer from New Delhi, beat thousands to win the money from watch company Rolex , which announced the five winners of its Awards for Enterprise scheme . Dagar is developing a phone with a display panel of tiny bumps that can be varied in height independently to form characters in Braille, a system of reading for blind people invented by a Frenchman in 1824. "In design, there is a certain negligence for minority groups as compared with the majority," Dagar told AFP, explaining why he had decided to take on the challenge. "Design is something that bridges the gap between users and technology," he added. He said the first prototype using a Braille screen that can display text messages and names wo...

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