Based on Keynoa Method, the characters of the text to read are converted to vibrations produced by the finger-rings of Keynoa Rings. The user, feeling the vibrations on the fingers, interprets them, based on Keynoa Method, as characters and is therefore able to read. Also with Keynoa Rings and based on Keynoa Method, the user produces characters, symbols and commands, without keyboard or equivalent, simply by coincidence of finger taps on a surface.
Keynoa App is for the time being deployed on Android devices; tablets or smartphones. It runs in landscape orientation of the device. Keynoa user is guided by text to speech voice announcements, finger vibrations and sounds. Keynoa App constitutes a platform for Accessibility and Education that is being continuously developed and adapted to the real needs of the Blind and the Visually Impaired.
In addition to the text to speech capabilities that it offers, Keynoa App gives also the possibility to present simultaneously the written text and announcements on a refreshable Braille display.
Keynoa Rings hand wearable is particularly useful for deaf blind people as it enables easy and comfortable communication with other people as well as with other devices, leaving the fingers simultaneously free for other activities.With Keynoa Rings they can communicate with anyone through dialogs in form of text. The user receives and reads the text dialog with the help of Keynoa Rings and replies by producing a text also with Keynoa Rings.
Keynoa Technologies will continue to expand and strengthen the tools it offers by regularly updating the existing ones and introducing new ones such as education tools like games to learn to use Keynoa Rings or to learn Braille as well as text editing and mathematics tools.
Keynoa with 5 fingers
To write or read with Keynoa Method when one hand is used:
- use successively the little finger followed again by the little finger for letter “a”
- use successively the little finger followed by the ring finger for letter “b”
- use the little finger followed by the middle finger for “c” etc., then
- use the right ring finger then the right little finger for “f” etc., for more information please click here.
Symbols & Commands
Keynoa with 10 fingers
To write or read with Keynoa Method when the two hands are used:
- use simultaneously the left little finger and the right little finger for letter “a”
- use simultaneously the left little finger and the right ring finger for “b”
- use simultaneously the left little finger and the right middle finger for “c” etc., then
- use the left ring finger and the right little finger for “f” etc, for more information please click here.
Symbols & Commands
Keynoa the Accessibility and Education Tools
Keynoa Technologies offer the hand wearable device, Keynoa Rings, as well as a software platform Keynoa App . These tools are specifically designed for Visually Impaired individuals implementing an innovative method of reading and writing, enabling a natural access to modern ICTs and the Internet, and enhancing the education possibilities for the children and the adults. In addition to offering an innovative simple and intuitive manner of reading and writing, Keynoa is an interface to different technologies that provide access to information through telecommunications and the Internet. This include for the moment sending messages by email, SMS or WhatsApp, translating text between different languages, making searches on Google and YouTube and soon other features like text editing, spelling and grammar correction, Google search, etc. Keynoa is also developing a set of education tools and tutorials (more details will come later).
For writing with Keynoa Method, symbols and commands are produced, without keyboard or equivalent; by simple coincidence of finger taps on a surface, the user can produce:
- alphabet characters in minuscule or majuscule in any language,
- numerical characters and symbols,
- punctuation signs,
- other characters and symbols and
- execute useful text editing commands.
With Keynoa App running on a smartphone or a tablet, the user can select the desired option from a list of frequently used functions with simple finger slides and finger flings or taps. The user keeps a finger on the device screen to enter the options selection mode then slides the finger to scroll over the list of choices then flings the finger or taps with another finger to select the wanted option. While writing text or selecting options, the user is guided by feedback effects consisting of text to speech, sounds, finger vibrations and/or simultaneous presentation of the concerned text on a refreshable Braille display. The user has at all times the possibility to go back to listen or read the entered text and characters.
Keynoa App recognises automatically whether it is running on a tablet or on a smartphone. In case of a tablet it expects you to use one hand or both hands and one hand only for a smartphone. The first time you use it, Keynoa will notify you that the fingers positions references on the view are not yet set.
You are then invited to “Tap with 5 or 10 Fingers Simultaneously” for tablets and “Tap with 5 Fingers Simultaneously” for smartphones. Tap then with all 10 or 5 fingers so that they all touch the screen briefly and at the same time. Do it in a comfortable and relaxed manner make sure all fingers are inside Keynoa view frame. When you do so, Keynoa notifies you that you are ready to start writing using it.
Keynoa Rings is a comfortable hand wearable with five soft rubber rings placed on each finger and a controller placed on the back of the hand. Using Keynoa App interface based on Keynoa sliding finger options, the user connects Keynoa Rings to the smartphone or the tablet via Bluetooth wireless connection. The user selects the text to read, then the fingers receive successively the vibrations corresponding to each character or symbol of the text. The user can sit back with the fingers immobile or do something else with the fingers while reading the text via fingers vibrations produced by Keynoa Rings.
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Keynoa is a set of Hardware and Software tools aiming to enhance the Accessibility and Education for the Blind and the Visually Impaired.