Keynoa is an assistive technologies platform offering solutions specifically developed for blind and visually impaired people supporting their education and enhancing their inclusion and accessibility. Keynoa tools include a hand wearable device Keynoa Rings and a mobile application Keynoa App allowing, in particular, to easily read and write digital text in any language and, more widely, to “see with the fingers”.
Based on the Cherradi method, the characters of the digital text to read are converted to coded vibrations produced by the finger rings of the Keynoa Rings wearable device. The easy to learn coded vibrations on the fingers are interpreted by the user as characters of the text they constitue. Also with Keynoa Rings, the user produces characters, symbols, and commands, without a keyboard or equivalent, simply by making finger taps on a hard surface, based on the Cherradi method.
Keynoa introduces Keynoa Braille constituting a set of innovative and user-friendly aids augmenting and simplifying the Braille system. Braille readers read Braille characters easily with vibrations and write them simply with finger taps.
For the first time, musicians used to read Braille music notes, can now read music notes with vibrations on the fingers while playing their instrument.
Keynoa offers effective means for blind children to be integrated into sighted children’s classrooms making them feel less excluded and benefiting from equal rights and opportunities.
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.
Keynoa simplifies access to information and communication and allows reading and sending text messages privately and silently. Since their hearing sense is free while using Keynoa, the users continue to participate in the discussions and listen to the surrounding sounds, they are therefore less excluded in their social life.
Keynoa gives instant access to any book or document in digital form in any language. The user selects a digital book or document and sits back reading it and navigating it while drinking a coffee as with Keynoa Rings the reading information flows simply and naturally to the fingers.