The new Tongchuang Blue Sky computer, developed by two companies based in the northeastern China province of Heilongjiang, has been developed as a means to allow the blind and those with eye diseases to access the cyberspace with a Chinese-Braille keyboard, a mouse and two ears.
The Tongchuang Blue Sky comes with a special input system that codes and decodes the Chinese and Braille languages, as well as software to read the screen for the users.
The computer is a joint product between Chen's company and the Tongchuang Information Industry Group based in the oil rich Daqing City. Figures show China has around 9 million people suffering from eyes diseases, more than 5 million of whom are blind. As digital technology and networking have become a major source of information, blind people are eager to update their knowledge and improve their lives.