Device uses vibration to guide the visually-impaired

Device uses vibration to guide the visually-impaired

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For the visually impaired, retaining independence in day-to-day life is important. A number of wearable devices have been developed to aid in guiding the visually-impaired, from a vibrating cap that tells blind swimmers when to turn, to a wristband that guides users towards a guide or object. However, most are of limited use, and can make wearers feel self-conscious. Now, Brunel University graduate Emilios Farrington-Arnas has designed a collection of attractive, wearable sensory devices that use vibrations to guide the visually-impaired. Called Maptic (a combination of map and haptic), the set includes a visual sensor that is worn like a necklace, and feedback units, worn on the left and right sides of the body, that can be clipped onto clothing or worn as bracelets. The design of the units can be easily customized to suit users’ individual style.

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