“SMS for those deaf and blind” gets “jury special mention” at We Care Film Festival 2012

A documentary film on PocketSMS, “SMS for those deaf and blind”, gets “jury special mention” at We Care Film Festival 2012 in “upto 5 minutes” category. 🙂

The video can be found here.


PocketSMS and MorseTrainer are winner of mBillionth South Asia award 2012 and get appreciation and accolades at Vodafone Mobiles for Good award 2012

Winners List – mBillionth South Asia 2012 awards


This post was supposed to be written two weeks ago, but, I didn’t have the time initially to write it and when I had time, my energy was totally sapped. But, finally I am writing about this, now 🙂

In one of my earlier posts, I had mentioned that PocketSMS and MorseTrainer have been shortlisted for awards at Vodafone Mobile for Good 2012 and mBillionth awards South Asia 2012. I attended both the awards at Hotel Eros Intercontinental in Delhi.

So, the day started on a very energetic note, I attended the Inauguration Ceremony and was able to catch up on a very interesting speaker Tomi T. Ahonen who is a consultant and motivational speaker from Hong Kong and he has
written a book on mobile advertising and how to make mobile projects a successful venture. The book can be found here.

After attending the Inauguration Ceremony, I moved to our stall that was provided to all the finalists of Vodafone Mobiles for Good 2012 award.  I was there at the stall almost the whole day, and, met people from all walks of life: geeks, managers, journalists, founders of the companies etc. The one thing which all the people I met had in common, was, that they were all amazed by the whole concept
of PocketSMS and MorseTrainer. They all found this mobile application to be a revolutionary idea which could bring positive change to the lives of the people who are deaf and blind, so that, they can be integrated into the mainstream.

In the afternoon I attended a session in which Dr. Arun Mehta, gave a presentation on PocketSMS and MorseTrainer for the mBillionth award. PocketSMS and MorseTrainer are the brainchild of Dr. Mehta and with him I developed and co-designed the
application. Everyone who was present in the hall applauded the idea and  some of them were even awe-struck by the idea itself.

Come evening, and, I attended the round table discussion of the finalists of Vodafone Mobiles for Good from all the categories. This was the session I liked the most :).

This session was my favourite as I came across 3 applications, which I liked the most, among the applications that I had seen throughout the day. Yes, there were many applications catering to larger and very important issues as Maternity Health, Agriculture, Micro-finance, floods warning, community radio etc, but, the reason for my liking these apps was their sheer innovation. These applications were different from others, as, these had dared to tread the path of innovation. They were :

(Click on the links to know more about them )

So, the much awaited moment came in the evening, The Award Ceremony !!

We were all excited and anxious also at the start of the award Ceremony. There was an announcement that  all the finalists of Vodafone Mobiles Good 2012 will get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310. This announcement made us happy, as it was a nice prize for the finalists, considering, it was an award ceremony awarding  mobile applications. (yeah I know, this prize is nowhere comparable to Rs. 10 lakh grant to the winners of the award, but, as it is said  “Something is better than Nothing” 😀 😀 )

Now, slowly the award ceremony started and they started announcing the mBillionth award first, category by category. We patiently waited for our category, watching the amazing innovations winning awards. When our category was announced, on announcement we were declared as winner of the “special recognition award” in the “m-inclusion” category. Dr. Mehta went on the stage to receive the award.

Dr. Arun Mehta recieving the mbillionth award

Hmm, next came the turn of Vodafone Mobiles for Good award. Even though our brain was saying that this award must be a hard one to crack as there were some extremely good innovations but since optimism is the way to go, our hearts were somewhere expecting the award, and we were keeping our fingers crossed.

So, there was distribution of the Samsung tablets initially, and, I went on to receive the tablet.

Anmol Anand receiving the samsung galaxy tab 2

After collecting the tablet, there was an inkling inside, that, we were not in the contention for the award anymore, and that turned out to be the case. But yes ofcourse, the winners were worthy of the award and their application user base was very huge as compared to ours.

All in all it was a great learning and inspiring experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed  the event but also got tired to the core. :p 🙂

Articles on PocketSMS in Newspapers and Websites

SciDev : http://www.scidev.net/en/new-technologies/icts/news/indian-designer-develops-morse-based-texting-for-deaf-phone-users-1.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=en_newtechnologies_icts

The Hindu : http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/article3318264.ece

Dawn : http://dawn.com/2012/04/10/indian-designer-develops-morse-based-texting-for-deaf-phone-users/

Lanka Business Online :  http://www.lbo.lk/fullstory.php?nid=196980515

Medianama : http://www.medianama.com/2012/04/223-pocketsms-lets-visually-and-hearing-impaired-send-receive-sms/

tech2 : http://tech2.in.com/features/apps/pocketsms-app-for-the-deafblind/376842

deafhh.net http://www.deafhh.net/wp/2012/04/14/new-technology-for-deaf-blind-individuals/

Gizmowatch : http://www.gizmowatch.com/delhi-university-student-develops-app-aid-deaf-blind-texting.html

Rupa Bose’s Blog : http://rupabose.com/2012/05/13/morse-code-mobile-phones-and-multiple-disability/

Hubpages : http://viewfinders.hubpages.com/hub/The-blind-and-deaf-can-now-read-and-send-sms

Mobilityfeeds : http://www.mobilityfeeds.com/mobility-feed/2012/04/indian-student-brings-sms-to-deaf-and-blind-with-his-pocketsms-android-app.html

Technowriter: http://www.technowriter.net/2012/04/application-for-blind-and-deaf-to-read.html

Tuffphones : http://www.tuffphones.co.uk/blog/news-rugged-mobile-phones-and-software-for-the-impaired/

Veengle : http://www.veengle.com/s/deaf-blind.html

Articlesbase : http://www.articlesbase.com/cell-phones-articles/blind-and-deaf-too-can-now-read-sms-5859566.html

Youtube videos for PocketSMS


Recently, some videos that were related to my application, PocketSMS for Android, were uploaded on Youtube.

I am posting these videos below :

SMS for those both deaf and blind(Working explained)

Vibrations: Free Software for those both blind and deaf

Android input for the Deaf-Blind Graffiti(keyboard Installation)

Downloading and Installing PocketSMS

PocketSMS and MorseTrainer version 1.1 developed


I have developed version 1.1 of  PocketSMS and MorseTrainer.

PocketSMS version 1.1, allows you to send a message to the person of your choice by typing in their number, and, apart from that the problem of automatic opening of the keyboard when moving from reading to writing section or vice-versa has been resolved in this version.

MorseTrainer version 1.1,  shows the morse code of the alphabet that you want to learn, along with vibrating it. Each dot or dash that is being vibrated is also shown one by one being appended to the text currently present in the textbox.

The app will be available shortly for free download from http://www.bapsi.org/Home/vibrations-series-of-products-for-deafblind

Thanks 🙂

PocketSMS : Android SMS application for deaf-blind persons

I have developed an Android application that enables persons who are deaf and blind both to receive and send SMS. I have named this application, PocketSMS.

I developed this application using App Inventor by Google, under my Summer Training at Bapsi.

Below, I am posting various links related to PocketSMS application ranging from working of app, help documentation, downloading tutorial etc.

Link to download PocketSMS :


PocketSMS page on Bapsi website :


Video link explaining the theme and working of project :


Online Help Manual for PocketSMS explaining how to download PocketSMS, how to download Graffitti keyboard for using with the app, How deaf-blind persons can learn Morse code etc :


Pdf Download link for PocketSMS Help download :


So, above are the links that will help you download and understand concept behind making PocketSMS app.

I hope you will like my work 🙂