As technology advances, people with special needs are finding themselves left behind.

“We visited visually impaired people, and it was beyond expectation how they were suffering from the lack of vision when our daily lives are full of touch screen devices. They confessed that they are afraid technology advancing so fast,” Seunghyuk Im, the CEO of GLAB told TechNode.

A braille notetaker is very big, heavy and can cost up to US$ 5000. GLAB’s SixSense converts text into braille, then converts it to tempo-based vibration so that those who are visually impaired can understand text on a touch screen device. SixSense is a software and an application that is compatible with all other screen devices, yet only costs 5 USD.

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com