Samsung introduces Good Vibes app for the deafblind

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Targeting a very specific sector of the disabled community, Samsung has released a new app that uses very old technology, Morse Code with today’s haptic smartphones.

Once a deafblind person has learned the code, the app can translate taps on the screen into words and interpret responses as vibrations on the screen.

It’s an interesting development from Samsung and the kind of lazer accurate thinking that solves real world problems in a direct way at minimal cost for a dramatically underserved community.

It’s unfortunate that Samsung has released the app only on its Galaxy store, limiting its use to the company’s smartphone models. This development seems like a great opportunity to change lives with a wider release, perhaps with a caveat that Samsung only guarantees compatibility with its own smartphones.

The dedicated webpage for the app is here.