haptiPad – the first smartpad enabling mobile communication and
access to digital information esp. for blind and deafblind people
Within the EU there live far more than 20 million blind and partially sighted people. There are even over 150,000 deafblind people who miss out seeing AND hearing at the same time. Most of the blind suffer from strongly limited communication and often live in huge social isolation. Even the UN and also EU parliament have already stipulated that a specific product solution for particular blind is needed. This mobile device ought to offer barrier-free communication and information to assist those people daily lives.
Therefore, the SME hapticom, an academic spin-off, develops the world's first smartpad and corresponding digital communication infrastructure for visual impaired – in particular for deafblind. The device is named haptiPad and similar to a special haptic multi-functional pad or tablet. With the help of this medical device they can finally talk to everyone worldwide and gain information without any restrictions. This innovation will change the life of blind people and their surrounding in whole Europe radically and strongly foster integration and inclusion.
Due to the groundbreaking chances thehaptiPad offers, it addresses a huge market. High social gains, employment and commercialisation potential can be expected. Via several governmental fundings and the international investor Wayra (Telefonica telecommunications group) a convincing working prototype is already developed and successfully tested. Due to several (inter)national business concept contests the innovative business model of hapticom got very challenged and thus, advanced and was rewarded highly many times (just see here). Right now, the competent team intends to prove the adaptability and viability of the project's concept and product solution on a European level with the help of a feasibility study. This takes part within the realm of the prestigious EU funding programme SME instrument phase 1.