Keyphone - making smartphones accessible to the blind
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
A normal smartphone is taken and extended with a snap-on shell made out of recyclable material The tactile buttons are made from an electrically conductive plastic with a high iron, silver content in order to send the electric charge from the touchscreen to the users hand.
Sustainability and future plans
Our funding strategies are still in evaluation. Crowdfunding, Community based funding throught the blind people around the world or a private public partnership are options we are seeking.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Henning Marxen, I am studying Integrated Design, Master, at the University of the Arts, Bremen, Germany. Born and raised in the sunny harbour metropolis of Hamburg, I was already in my school years known as an eager inventor, always tinkering with some apparatus. After high school I did a short excurse into media informatics before applying in Bremen for Integrated Design. This step turned out to be a lucky choice since here I discovered my enthusiasm for product design. My design process could be described as inventive in a technical sense. Over time I have acquired a wider understanding of technology, programming, electronics and mechanics and this knowledge has often become my inspiration for new ideas. Half way through my studies I have spent six formative months at the Nagoya University of Arts, Japan. Living and studying in Nagoya greatly influenced my awareness towards my socialization, towards my own design and the direction I want to go with it. In my opinion, design is not just the craft of making things pretty but rather the science of recognizing and solving problems, may these be of practical, ergonomic or aesthetic nature. Intuition is of course crucial for a designer, but the self-reflection, the ability to justify the own decisions, the act of associating the own work into an economy, an ecosystem and a culture makes the difference between design and styling. Real innovation is hard. To achieve it, a designer must scrutinize even the most basic aspects of a product. For example the question is not: What is the best power drill? but What is the best way to get a hole into a wall? This approach certainly does not guarantee a revolutionary product, but this step cannot be skipped if one wants the chance for true Innovation.