Whenever I see a friend getting riled up over the most mundane things like missing a concert or chipping a fingernail, it annoys me. Some people live their lives with disabilities they may never recover from, yet you don’t hear them whine that much. Instead, these heroes make do with the talents they possess and hope for the best. This incredible courage they show, in truth, may have propelled scientists to invent gadgets that can be useful for them, especially for the visually impaired folks.
A handy product for the blind is the innovative shoes from Lechal. Their insoles consist of a new technology that can help you navigate through the streets on foot. After typing the destination in the matching application, the right or left insole will buzz if you need to turn right or left, respectively. Should you have to go back to the other direction, both insoles will vibrate. The buzzing will strengthen to indicate that you’re near your preferred location.
The Argus II was created by Second Sight’s CEO, Dr. Robert Greenberg for individuals with retinal pigmentosa. It is also known as the bionic eye because they place a tiny gadget on the retinas as one half of the ensemble. The second half is a pair of glasses that contains a camera to capture the image of whatever or whoever’s in front of you.
The pictures that will register on the patient’s eye may be in grayscale for now, but it’s a great start to see your beloved again.
Getting a visual description of the objects in the room becomes more comfortable with CamIO. This system was an idea from Dr. Joshua Miele of Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, who also has a vision loss. It works by connecting a laptop to a camera that points to any 2-D or 3-D item you’re curious about. You just need to touch one part of the object for the software to provide an audio explanation about it.
BrainPort V100 is another exciting gadget that may help people with visual impairment. Similar to Argus II, the product requires special glasses too with a video camera to take photos. The difference comes after converting the pictures to electrical impulses since the signals go straight to a paddle-shaped mouthpiece.
The patient has to put the latter device against their tongue to feel it tingle. Such a sensation can later be interpreted by the blind person to describe the image that the camera previously captured.
Lastly, take a good look at Blitab, the first ever tablet for braille readers. It is a highly sophisticated gadget since the micro-bubbles that form atop it enable the visually impaired to view braille texts per page. Aside from that, while the system converts any regular copy into braille, the Perkins keyboard ensures that you can edit and write using it as well.