Accuracy – TIPO offers buttons on the back of the device. These buttons are tactile and are always in the exact same place. This allows the blind person to feel exactly what they are typing, as they are used to on their braille machines. Because of this consistency, many less mistakes are made when typing in braille.
Speed – Similar to accuracy, having buttons in set places allows the user to not have to think about button locations. This helps the user to type much faster.
Familiarity – Braille proficient persons have experience with typing with a braille machine on their PC’s. They often have learned to type in braille as a second nature. For TIPO, this translates into how customer can learn using the TIPO device in seconds.
Tactile – The TIPO offers physical buttons. This allows for direct tactile feedback. This is perceived as fun as well as comfortable.
Compact – Although not more compact than using a phone by itself the TIPO keyboard only has to be marginally thicker than a smartphone cover. The phone can still fit into men’s pockets. No extra devices have to be carried around.
These factors combine to a unique solution. With the TIPO keyboard, a blind or visually impaired user can enter input into their phone, anywhere, anytime in a convenient and discrete way. This combination currently is not offered to consumers.