Vibrating belt lets blind users know which way to turn

Vibrating belt lets blind users know which way to turn

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In the past, humans have tended to create sensory substitution systems — such as braille and sign language — to enable those who are blind or deaf to communicate via one of the senses they do possess. But we recently saw a project called the VEST — or Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer — that aimed to create a whole new sense using wearable tech. Now, a research project from the Institute of Cognitive Science in Germany has expanded upon those ideas. The researchers founded startup FeelSpace and developed the Vibro Belt — a wearable that can help the blind navigate outdoor spaces using a language of vibrations.

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