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Tag Archives: blindness

Student Invents Ultrasound Shoes For The Blind

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Blindness is, obviously, quite debilitating. But there are people out there working on developing tools that might make the lives of those deprived of sight just a bit easier. Argentinian student Juan Manuel Bustamante has developed a pair of shoes that uses ultrasound to help a blind person navigate his environment, removing the need for a cane. Dubbing his invention ‘Duspavoni’, the shoes feature sensors on the front, side, and back. They establish a 25-inch (63.5 centimeter) perimeter and will vibrate when a solid object is detected within it, vibrating the part of the shoe that corresponds with the location of the object. The closer the wearer gets to this object, the stronger and faster the vibration is, allowing them not only to know the direction but also the approximate distance to their obstacle.

The batteries that power the shoes are rechargeable, with a 5 hour charge lasting between 3 to 5 days. Unfortunately, there isn’t any information about commercialization or availability.

[ RT Article ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Watch For The Blind Features Ball Bearings To Tell The Time

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Whether you’re unable to see or just have an aversion of looking down at your wrist, the Bradley watch will let you tell the time without ever even having to open your eyes; that’s why the makers want you to call it a timepiece, and not a watch. It uses two ball bearings to indicate the hours and minutes, one on the face and the other around the periphery, in special tracks. Magnets hidden inside put the ball bearings in the right place, so that all you have to do is touch your watch to know what time it is. The face features clearly textured hour markers to make it even simpler to find your way around. A $128 pledge to the Kickstarter campaign will get you one, with delivery in November.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Medgadget ]

[ A stylish steel watch will always stand out when put on. ]