Samsung introduces Good Vibes, Relúmĭnoapp for Deafblind, Vision Impaired

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NEW DELHI, Sept 9: Samsung introduced two unique solutions Good Vibes and Relúmĭno that will help provide a strong communication tool to deaf blind and enable people with low vision to see better.

Good Vibes, developed in India, enables the deaf blind to have a two-way communication with their caregivers and loved ones using their smartphones. The Good Vibes app uses Morse code to convert vibrations into text or voice and vice-versa. The app has two different user interfaces (UI). One interface has an invisible UI for the deafblind, which uses vibrations, taps and gestures, while the other has a visible UI, a standard chat interface, for the caregiver.

With the deaf blind interface, a deaf blind person uses a combination of dots and dashes to send their messages. The standard interface allows users to type or use voice to send messages to the deaf blind. The text or voice is received as vibrations in Morse code that the deaf blind can interpret.

Meanwhile, Relúmĭno, which was developed by Samsung employees as part of the Company’s C-Lab program globally, is a visual aid application for people with low vision. It enables them to see images clearer by magnifying and minimizing images, highlighting the image outline, adjusting colour contrast and brightness, and reversing colour.

For Good Vibes, as part of its Citizenship Initiatives, Samsung has partnered with Sense India, a not-for-profit dedicated to improve the lives of the deafblind to take Good Vibes to the deafblind across the country. Samsung has so far conducted training workshops for Sense India educators and deafblind individuals along with their caregivers in Delhi and Bengaluru.

For Relúmĭno, Samsung has partnered with the National Association for the Blind (NAB) Delhi. It will provide Samsung Gear VR and Galaxy Note9 smartphones to NAB Delhi, and will also provide training on how to use them. NAB will use Relúmĭno in classrooms where students with low vision using these devices will be able to see better, helping them improve their learning abilities.

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