Nokia has partnered with Tampere University and the Finnish Federation of Visually Impaired to create an application that allows the blind to read text messages on their S60 phones.

The app - Nokia Braille Reader - has come out of the company's Beta Labs program. It translates each character into a series of six vibrations - strong for raised dots and weak for flat ones. Text-to-speech engines are available on some phones but this solution is silent - which might be useful in some situations.

The app is a free download and it's available now for S60 5th Edition handsets, which include the Nokia N97, 5800 XpressMusic and the newly released N97 mini, 5530, 5230 and X6.