Alibaba’s SmartScreen To Help Blind People Shop


12th November 2018

Alibaba’s SmartScreen To Help Blind People Shop
by Kanika Sharma

For the past two years, Alibaba’s $15 BIllion R&D initiative Damo Academy has been working to provide better smartphone experience to the blind. Recently, in a joint effort with China’s Tsinghua University, it has come up with a silicone sheet which comes on the top of a smartphone. There are about one hundred blind users to get a trial of the technology on Alibaba online shopping. The sheet provides three mini buttons on each side. These buttons are sensory-enabled. It means that If a user presses them, it will trigger certain commands. These commands are usually those which are frequently used, like ‘Go back’ and ‘Confirm’.

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