How Technology is Making Public Texting Accessible to All
Staying connected with friends and family when out in the world is essential for all of us. Here’s some ways in which that can be made accessible:
- Use a Bluetooth keyboard: A Bluetooth keyboard can be a more comfortable and efficient option for typing text messages than using the on-screen keyboard. This can help you to type more quickly and accurately, especially if you are in a moving vehicle.The Hable is designed to be used in that way: on the move and when nowhere near a desk or table.
- Use a Braille display: If you know Braille, a Braille display can allow you to read and respond to text messages using Braille input. This can be a faster and more comfortable option than using the on-screen keyboard. Remember, this will require you to be sitting on a flat surface like a table or your lap for the Braille display to rest on, and you’re good to go.
- Use voice control: Many smartphones have built-in voice control features that allow you to dictate text messages using your voice. This can be a convenient option for texting in public, especially if you are unable to use a keyboard or Braille display.
- Use Hable One: Hable is not like other keyboards and therefore doesn’t require a surface to operate. It's a remote control to your phone but with all the functions of a bluetooth controller. Hable’s invention enables users to type with physical keyboards without requiring a surface. Just like a smartphone can be used anywhere, why not use a keyboard anywhere too.
Overall, texting in public as a blind person may require some creativity and patience, but with the right strategies and tools, it is definitely possible. Experiment with different options and find the ones that work best for you.