The Smartphone era – driven by device manufacturers, software and application developers – has brought users worldwide affordable advanced communication with access to information and services like never before.
In 2011, Project RAY set out to bring these same lifestyle improvements to the blind and visually impaired, within a single affordable smartphone device tailored from the ground up for the unique needs of eye-free operation – from the operating system to the user interface and specialized content services.
We knew that adapting existing smartphones with special features wasn’t enough to provide real independence, advanced communication and services to the worldwide community of bind and visually impaired people. We also realized that the multiple devices and services the average visually impaired person needed to benefit from modern mobile technology was overwhelming in both budget and the sheer range of user interfaces each individual needed to learn.
Now blind and visually impaired people worldwide can also enjoy the advanced communication services, daily independence and spontaneous lifestyle with mobile access to services and information that we all take for granted in today’s smartphone world.