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About the app

Samsung Good Vibes is a two-way communication app that allows the deafblind to send and receive messages with friends, family or anybody else through their smartphones. It translates Morse Code input into text or voice and vice versa.

An app with two interfaces.

For the deafblind. A deafblind person can send a message from the app by tapping on the screen using Morse Code—where all letters of the English alphabet are combinations of dots and dashes. The letters can be input as short tap for a dot and long press for a dash. Likewise, incoming messages can be understood as vibrations by the deafblind, where small vibration means a dot and long vibration means a dash.

For people with normal sight and hearing. Anyone can send a message, by typing or speaking. It has a standard chat/voice interface that delivers the message to the deafblind person as Morse Code vibrations.

Samsung Good Vibes App - Deafblind Interface Interface for a person
who is deafblind
Samsung Good Vibes App - Normal  Interface Interface for a person
with normal sight and hearing

How it works

To get a detailed overview on how to use the app

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To learn more about Morse Code

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Who are the
deafblind

Deafblind is a term that is used when a person has a combination of impaired vision and hearing.
Some are born deafblind, some are only deaf at birth and lose their eyesight in childhood, while others start to progressively lose their hearing and vision into adulthood.

The major causes of deafblindness are Congenital Rubella Infection and Usher Syndrome.

Other causes include Birth Trauma or CHARGE syndrome.

User Feedback

Samsung trained the deafblind from around the country to use the Samsung Good Vibes app.
Here are their experiences.

Making a
difference

Samsung Good Vibes is developed in association with Sense International India. They are one of the few NGOs in India dedicated to helping the deafblind and sensitizing people about the disability. Samsung conducted workshops with participants from different parts of India. Basis their feedback and expertise, Samsung Good Vibes app is fine-tuned to complement the behavior and capabilities of the deafblind.

FAQs

Who are the deafblind? Deafblind is a term that is used when a person has a combination of impaired vision, hearing and speech.

What is Samsung Good Vibes App?Samsung Good Vibes is a two-way communication app for the deafblind. It allows the deafblind to communicate with friends, family or anyone else through their smartphone. It translates Morse Code input into text or voice and vice versa.

What is Morse Code? Morse Code is a detailed system of dots, dashes, and spaces used to represent numbers, punctuation, and letters of the alphabet. It is used both as a code and a way to communicate without the ability or need to use actual characters.

How Samsung Good Vibes app works?Samsung Good Vibes uses the vibrations of a smartphone. Through Morse Code, a language almost as old as Braille, the app lets the deafblind feel the vibrations, one letter at a time.

Who is this Samsung Good Vibes app for?The app is for the deafblind. These are people who can't see, hear or speak. They can only navigate the world through their sense of touch.

How do the deafblind contact anyone in case of an emergency?The Samsung Good Vibes app comes with an SOS feature that is activated by shaking the phone 5 times. This dials the emergency contact number.

Can the deafblind use Samsung Good Vibes in any other language?The app uses Morse Code which is converted from the letters of the English alphabet. Basic knowledge of the alphabet is required for using the app.

How can a deafblind person learn to use the app? There is a section of the app to learn and practice Morse Code. With every alphabet, the corresponding vibration starts playing in this section.
To know more please refer to the User Manual.

How can a deafblind person open the app after the phone is turned on?The Samsung Good Vibes app has an 'Always On' setting. Once the app is installed in Deafblind mode, the setting allows the app to automatically open on the phone of the deafblind even after a restart.
To know more please refer to the User Manual.

How do the deafblind choose a message recipient? The deafblind have to simply input the short name of the recipient in the first message to them and send. To know more please refer to the User Manual.

Can the Deafblind use the Samsung Good Vibes app by themselves?The initial download and registration is required to be done by the caregiver. Once the contacts have been added, the deafblind can use the app on their own.

How do we choose the deafblind interface?After the registration, the user gets to choose the interface.
Please refer to the user manual for details.

What if I add a contact who doesn’t have the Samsung Good Vibes app?If a contact is added and they don’t have the Samsung Good Vibes app, then an SMS goes to the contact prompting them to download it.

How does the deafblind person know who is sending the message?The name of the sender comes before the first message sent by them.
Please refer to the user manual for details.

How do the deafblind communicate right now?The deafblind use Pro-tactile Sign Language to communicate, which requires physical proximity.

How can a deafblind person open the app after the phone is turned on?The Samsung Good Vibes app has an 'Always On' setting. Once the app is installed in Deafblind mode, the setting allows the app to automatically open on the phone of the deafblind even after a restart.
To know more please refer to the User Manual.

How do the deafblind choose a message recipient? The deafblind have to simply input the short name of the recipient in the first message to them and send. To know more please refer to the User Manual.

Can the Deafblind use the Samsung Good Vibes app by themselves?The initial download and registration is required to be done by the caregiver. Once the contacts have been added, the deafblind can use the app on their own.

How do we choose the deafblind interface?After the registration, the user gets to choose the interface.
Please refer to the user manual for details.

What if I add a contact who doesn’t have the Samsung Good Vibes app?If a contact is added and they don’t have the Samsung Good Vibes app, then an SMS goes to the contact prompting them to download it.

How does the deafblind person know who is sending the message?The name of the sender comes before the first message sent by them.
Please refer to the user manual for details.

How do the deafblind communicate right now?The deafblind use Pro-tactile Sign Language to communicate, which requires physical proximity.

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