Tagged: Blind

Teenager invents walking cane gadget that helps blind people stroll safely

SmartWalk walking cane

Teenagers are intuitive, and it is quite clear from the teenage inventions that we have seen in the past. Another invention is out there that proves how intelligent and concerned teenager are about problems most of ignore. Raghav Ganesh, a 13-year old student from San Jose has invented a device that helps blind people in moving safely in public places. Raghav has named this device as SmartWalk which started as a science fair project, but ended as a gadget that could be attached to any walking cane for better navigation.
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Super dad makes beeping Easter Egg for visually-impaired daughter

Beeping Easter Egg

The most fun part about holidays during Easter is the Egg Hunt competition. To find and collect eggs hidden at various location around a neighborhood or house. While normal kids enjoy this traditional game to the fullest, the unfortunate blind ones cannot do the same. One dad set out to change this notion and developed beeping Easter eggs for his 10-year-old daughter, Rachel. Now that is one example of a super dad doing something really special for his super special child.
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Blind people will be able to navigate better with the smart vest

Smart Assist System for Blind people

Helping blind people lead a normal life has been on the priority list of many intellectual researchers out there and so far many of them have achieved good results. In this quest is a Palestinian graduate student of engineering from the Polytechnic University in Hebron, Abdel Rahman al-Barmeel who has designed a smart vest that helps blind people walk normally. With the use of vibrations and voice command, this vest dubbed as Smart Assist System for Blind People (SASB) is developed under close supervision of dean of the Engineering Department and project supervisor, Ramzi al-Qawasmi.
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SenSei Glove aids blind people in sensing obstacles for easier commuting

SenSei Glove Nottingham University

Life is not easy when you have to spend whole of it not being able to see what’s around you. Many technologies have aimed to cure or get around this problem, but a very few have been close to curing it completely. The best approach is to develop alternative methods by which blindness can be countered. And what better than wearable technology. SenSei Glove developed by management students, Raivat Luthura and Serkan Oztas, from Nottingham University aims to help blind people by sensing the proximity of objects for safe navigation.
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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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Tactile Moon Books – 3D printed picture books for blind kids

3D printed books for visually impaired

3D printing has many applications but none is more useful than the 3D printed book for blind kids. University of Colorado Boulder team has  3D printed a version of Goodnight Moon book that allows a blind kid to touch and understand the story in the book. Called as the Tactile Picture Books Project, this 3D printed book let’s an average user print their own pages specially tailored for the visually impaired. The USP of this project is the ability to represent 2D graphics in a 3D module which is both interesting to young readers, as well as appropriate.
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Project Mudra – Raspberry Pi powered speech to Braille character converter

Braille Dicta Teacher PyCon 2014 by Aman Srivastav Sanskriti Dawle

The best implementation of technology is when an intuitive mind churns up an idea to improve the life of disabled people. And it’s even more hearting when young minds come up with such brilliant ideas and implement them to make something good. 20 year old Aman Srivastav, who got the chance to tinker around with Raspberry Pi during a workshop at BITs Goa, decided to make a device that makes learning Braille easier for blind people. With help from his friend Sanskriti Dawle, both these intuitive minds figured out a way to convert voice input into Braille characters using Google’s speech API and Raspberry Pi.
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Anagraphs – Electronic Braille reader that hooks on to mobile devices

Anagraphs electronic Braille reader

Life can be very difficult for blind people and although there are devices like braille to assist them in reading, they come at big cost which is not within reach of common people. To help blind people in getting the technological upgrade; a team involving researchers from Fraunhofer Institute of Photonic Microsystems, Germany along with private companies including C.K. Productions, Innora, and Hobart Lasers are developing a next generation reading device. Called Anagraphs, this device brings all the digital content available on e-readers, tablets or computers to blind and sight-impaired users.
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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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