A smartphone for the visually impaired will be released by the end of 2013

Back in May 2011, Sumit Dagar, a post-graduate from India’s National Institute of Design, presented at TED Fellow Talks a concept of the world’s first Braille smartphone. The concept was based on an innovative “touch screen” that is capable of elevating and depressing the contents to transform them into touchable patterns that can be read by the visually impaired.

Two years later, The Times of India reports, that Dagar is collaborating with IIT Delhi on making the prototype. Dagar says: “The response during the test has been immense. It comes out as a companion more than a phone to the user. We plan to do more advanced versions of the phone in the future.”

According to Mashable, the team hopes to release the phone by the end of 2013. It will cost about $185.