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Hand with eight braille points, two dot per finger

Oskar, mobile braille-keybord

Oskar is a mobile keyboard for your smartphone. Oskar supports the braille alphabet. Oskar is open-source, you can build your own mobile keyboard.

Braille consists of 8 Braille dots per character. Oscars 8 keys are arranged like a Braille character. Oskar can be operated with one or two hands without a pad.
Hand with eight braille points, two dot per finger
smartphone with symbol for the blind

Blind and visually impaired people rely on non-visual feedback when entering text. Smartphones offer the possibility of virtual keyboards which, however, offer little haptic feedback and are slower than physical keyboards.

Other keyboards, such as electronic Braille keyboards, offer more haptic feedback options, but are not suitable for mobile use because they (unlike smartphones) have to be stored on a fixed surface when operated.

Oskar is a chord keyboard (without fixed pad) for text input on smartphones. Oskar is based on commercially available components and interfaces such as Bluetooth and USB.

Oskar is four times faster than a virtual keyboard for the blind.

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oskar unikat on top of a smartphone
two hands with oskar study, each finger on a key of oskar

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