Resources >‏ News >‏ News Details

News Details

QCRI’s BrailleEasy app launched on iOS store

Publication Date:
BrailleEasy, a custom one-handed Braille keyboard developed by the Qatar Computing Research Institute, is now available on the iOS App Store.

The Braille keyboard was developed by Barbara Šepič, Abdurrahman Ghanem and Stephan Vogel, in close collaboration with the Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind (QSCCB), Al Noor Institute for the Blind and MADA (Qatar Assistive Technology Center).

It combines the comfort of one-handed typing with the speed of two-handed Braille-like typing, and can be used by both Arabic and English-speaking users.

Ikrami Ahmad, QSCCB’s Activities Coordinator and Assistive Technology Specialist, described BrailleEasy as “a great achievement”.

“It comes with an extensive tutorial that walks the user through step by step, the set of gestures is easy to learn and execute, and being self-voicing makes it possible for those who do not depend on screen readers to use it fully,” Mr Ahmad said.

“It also paves the way for those with limited hand movement to type in Braille on their touch screen. I have personally heard from several people on forums and mailing lists that it enables them to use their working hand to type in Braille faster than the traditional way of typing. “

Stephan Vogel, the Research Director of QCRI’s Arabic Research Technologies, said the app was released for free and its code has been released as open source.

“The idea is to send BrailleEasy out into the community so that other developers, both local and worldwide, can add to it, improve it, adapt it to other languages,” Dr Vogel said.

“Developing the app in collaboration with the local community has been a very rewarding experience.”

QCRI is one of Hamad bin Khalifa University’s three national research institutes.

The free app is available here:

Follow Us

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS Feed
  • Linkedin
  • github-web.png
Back to Top

In the Media

Economist story pic.JPG

Improving disaster response efforts through data


Extreme weather events put the most vulnerable communities at high risk. How can data analytics strengthen early warning systems and and support relief efforts for communities in need? The size and ...

Read More

Yazan Wired story pic.jpg

Your sloppy bitcoin drug deals will haunt you for years


Perhaps you bought some illegal narcotics on the Silk Road half a decade ago, back when that digital black market for every contraband imaginable was still online and bustling. You might already ...

Read More

Luis Luque El Correo.jpg

Entrevista con Luis Fernández Luque, cofundador de Salumedia e investigador del Qatar Computing Research Institute


Si quiere buscar un ejemplo de ciudadano del mundo, de los que al cabo del año vive y trabaja desde numerosos países, y a través de internet, esté donde esté, desarrolla en remoto actividades para ...

Read More



Eman interns pic 2017.jpg

QCRI Summer Internship Program

Download ICS File 06/05/2018  - 05/07/2018 , Hamad Bin Khalifa Research Complex

Each year, Qatar Computing Research Institute organizes a summer internship program for undergraduate students studying computer science, computer engineering and other disciplines. The internship is unpaid, and QCRI does not provide any visa support.

Read More

Past Events


(MLDAS 2018) Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium

Download ICS File 12/03/2018  - 13/03/2018 ,

Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium - MLDAS 2018 Building on the success of the three previous events , Boeing and QCRI will hold the fifth Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (...

Read More

App Inventor.jpg

QCRI's Creative Space to hold free app inventor workshop

Download ICS File 01/02/2018 ,

QCRI is to offer an introduction to mobile app development workshop for boys and girls aged 13-16. Students will learn the basics of mobile app development using the App Inventor platform. The ...

Read More


AHmed Berlin1.jpg

QCRI signs three-year MoU with the Berlin Big Data Center


MoU will promote collaboration via an exchange of research, academic materials, faculty and research scholars.

Read More

CS Fair website.JPG

Hundreds attend QCRI's first Creative Space Fair


Attendance at inaugural event shows 'buoyant interest' in computing in Qatar.

Read More

QCRI's Ahmed Elmagarmid at MLDAS 2017 (2).jpg

Boeing partners with QCRI to host fifth annual MLDAS


The Boeing Company and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) will host the fifth annual Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (MLDAS) in Qatar. This year’s event will be held at the Qatar...

Read More