How Blind People Use the iPhone 4S

Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, provides a new perspective on the iPhone's interface.

Tommy Edison, aka the Blind Film Critic, has amassed over a million views on YouTube with his movie reviews. Blind since birth, he started a second YouTube channel, the Tommy Edison Experience, to talk about his life and answer questions from fans. Here, he demonstrates how he navigates his iPhone 4S to surf YouTube, check Twitter, and send messages. Most tech reviews tend to focus the visual experience of gadgets, retina screens, 3D video, etc, but Edison provides a fascinating perspective on the value of touch interfaces and of course, Siri. 

If you're curious about how Edison reviews films, watch his take on Die Hard, which inspired his review series, below: 

The "about" section of his website explains his rating system:

Plus, Tommy is living his dream of reviewing movies as the Blind Film Critic. With his unique and interesting perspective, Tommy says “I watch movies and pay attention to them in a different way than sighted people do. I’m not distracted by all the beautiful shots and attractive people. I watch a movie for the writing and acting.”

In addition to critiquing films, Tommy adds humor to his reviews. When he watched “Water for Elephants”, Tommy said, “I didn’t think Robert Pattinson was all that much to look at. I gotta be honest with you. I don’t know what all the kids see in him, but okay! Ha ha!”

Also, Tommy has a unique rating system. When he reviewed “Scream 4″, Tommy said, “Sighted people, I think you will really enjoy this movie. Blind people stay home. I’m going to give this 2 out of 4 eyes open!”

For more videos by Tommy Edison, visit http://blindfilmcritic.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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