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SmartCane uses ultrasonic waves to help visually impaired navigate better

SmartCane Rohan Paul

There are endless technologies being built to benefit the visually impaired. Yet, in developing countries like India, a majority of visually impaired still use the age old white cane to navigate. While the white cane is still effective at detecting objects at the ground level, it fails as an assistive tool when it comes to detecting objects above the waist. As a solution, an Indian robotics researcher and inventor, Dr Rohan Paul has designed and developed the SmartCane – a battery operated walking cane which uses ultrasonic waves to detect objects and obstacles between knee and head height of the user. Read More…

Microsoft developing smart wearable headset for safety of visually impaired

Microsoft Cities Unlocked project

Life for visually-impaired people can be really tough as they have to struggle even for the basic things like going to the other part of the city without much action. To make life a tad easier for blind people and help them in commuting safely in the city; Microsoft, Guide Dogs and the UK government’s Future Cities Catapult have embarked on the Cities Unlocked project. The soundscape technology of this project comes in the form of a smart wearable headset that is paired-up with Windows Phone app to safely guide people with vision impairment into never before ventures sections of the city without getting stressed.
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3D printed maps for visually impaired developed by Japanese authorities

3D printed Maps for visually impaired

Life for the blind can be very tough as they struggle every day for completing even their basic activities like eating, going to the market or communicating with other people. Thankfully, inventors around the globe feel their dismay and have come-up with gizmos and technologies that assist them in leading a better life. Joining the league are the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI), a department of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. GSI has developed a software that allows the end-user to download the data from the internet and then produce geographical maps of their desired region using a 3D printer.
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Meteor Vibrating Watch for visually impaired

Meteor Vibrating Watch for visually impaired

For people who are blind and deaf, Meteor Vibrating Watch by Alexandravision is the ideal solution to keep accurate track of time, as other normal watches simply don’t work for them. This quartz watch is specially designed keeping in mind the difficulty blind people might face when they are alone and want to check what time it is. The watch looks like a contoured remote with three push buttons that indicate hours, minutes and seconds. To keep things simple and non-confusing for the user, no other buttons or asymmetric patterns are indented into the watch and only a tiny screw on the back side for battery replacement is there. So how exactly does Meteor Vibrating Watch keep track of time?
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Le Chal: The world’s first smart-shoe, to improve navigation for the visually impaired

Le Chal smartshoe_1

When it comes to devising useful accessories for the visually impaired, the Indians have surely showcased their creativity and expertise in the past few months. We are in fact already enticed by the Braille Smartphone and the Netra. And now we have come across the Le Chal – the world’s very first ‘smart-shoe’. The brainchild of two tech aficionados, Krispian Lawrence and Anirudh Sharma, the so-called intelligent footwear is designed as a haptic navigation device that takes the advantages of smartphones The user can regulate this smart-shoe via a voice recognition software that translates the commands into comprehensible electronic signals. Consequently, the activated smartphone app utilizes GPS to track the user’s location in real-time and feeds the data to the built-in actuator. So, when the user needs to make a turn, the shoe vibrates to direct him/her towards the destination.

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Blitab braille tablet for visually-impaired will soon be in your hands

Blitab braille tablet

Blitab Technology, an Austrian startup has been working for quite some time on its innovative tablet for the blind which is more of a modern braille. In fact it is the perfect combination of a tablet and braille which aims to make life easier for the visually impaired. After showing off their initial iteration of the Blitab quite a few months ago, the team at Blitab has come up with a better version.
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Here’s why iPhone is best smartphone for visually impaired

Luis Perez photography using voiceover on iPhone

You will not expect a person with rapidly degenerating eyesight to be able to click professional level photographs, such as the ones above and many more below. But using the iPhone, Luis Perez who is left with just seven degree of vision can do just that. The pictures you see here are clicked by Luis on his iPhone and are shared on social networking site Instagram.

Luis Perez is a higher-education learning consultant from Florida, who suffers with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited disease causing retinal degeneration. For some reason, this handicap hasn’t affected Luis’ lifestyle and his passion for photography, which is taken to new heights by the iPhone and its built-in accessibility feature – VoiceOver, which lets users enjoy capabilities of the iOS even if they cannot see the screen. Read More…

Blitab braille tablet brings new ray of hope for visually-impaired people

Blitab braille tablet

Here we have the world’s first braille tablet that uses liquid-based technology to map out any kind of letters, graphics, geometric figures or other content that is important to the visually-impaired. This new kind of tablet comes from an Austria-based startup Blitab Technology that is looking to revolutionize the market with its innovative gadgets that are helpful and simple to use for blind people. At the end of the day it is all about developing products that appeal to the end-user and have practical utility. That is exactly what Blitab is working on.
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Teenager invents iAid, navigation device for the visually impaired

iAid navigation device

There have been a few inventions to assist the visually impaired live a more independent life and navigate better in their environment. Yet, iAid – a combination of a sensor-embedded belt and joystick, developed by 18-year-old Alex Deans is special and ingenious. iAid features four ultrasonic sensors embedded on a belt that scan for potential obstacles using sound, and the information is transmitted to a handheld joystick, which rotates by itself in order to indicate which direction to go. The joystick can be felt rotating with the fingers, and Alex say “it’s like some holding the hand to lead you to the destination.” Read More…

Haptic glove for visually-impaired makes shopping easier in the grocery store

Third Eye haptic glove for visually impaired

Going to the food mall and buying your required eatables doesn’t seem much of a task for normal people. But for dependent visually impaired people it can be an everyday struggle. To aid blind people in getting through their daily chores without much hassle, Penn State computer scientist Vijay Narayanan with assistance from graduate student Siddharth Advani has invented a wearable device that’ll help visually impaired at the grocery shop.
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