Thought for the month

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Maire Curie, Scientist (1867-1934).

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Feel to hear

Nickel based shape memory alloys are materials that ‘remember’ their cold-forged shape; returning to its pre-deformed shape when heated. Work is underway to use this technology to produce a Braille smartphone for the blind. The screen uses a  grid of alloy pins, which expand and contract sufficiently to be felt by the fingertips, and thus create Braille characters or letters as a touchable pattern

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