Blind

  • ​Although many people like the fact that electric cars don't produce engine noise, this means that blind pedestrians can't hear them coming. Having the cars emit a warning sound is one solution, and a new system could help keep that sound from being any louder than necessary.
  • The Macaron​ is a clever measuring tape dreamt up by students from the Queensland University of Technology. Described as a universal smart tape measure, it was inspired by one of the team members who is vision impaired and struck some difficulties renovating his house.
  • A cane that gets tapped along the ground is certainly a great help to the visually-impaired, but is there room for improvement? The entrepreneurs at Turkey's Young Guru Academy (YGA) seem to think so, which is why they partnered with electronics company Vestel to create the WeWALK Smart Cane.
  • Taking in stunning views on a road trip can make the hours of travel worth the effort. But if you're a blind passenger, such joys are not available to you. Ford Italia is hoping to change that with a prototype window that allows blind passengers to experience views from a car window using touch.
  • According to ELIA Life Technology, less than one percent of visually-impaired people can read braille. It's quite difficult to master, with users reportedly taking up to 10 months to learn the alphabet. The company's new ELIA Frames system, however, can apparently be learned in just three hours.
  • Sydney's Ben Felten will go for a motorcycle land speed record this weekend in South Australia, aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R. Since he's completely blind, he'll be taking instructions from an ex-MotoGP rider over a radio. The target? Over 156 miles per hour, or 251 kmh.
  • ​Although you may not realize it, there are car-racing video games that blind people can play. Brian A. Smith, however, thinks they leave something to be desired. That's why he created the RAD, an audio-based interface that he claims can be integrated into almost any racing game.
  • New technologies could play a vital part in improving how the visually impaired navigate their day-to-day lives. Ideas like connected walking canes and high-tech glasses are gathering some real momentum, as are smart bands like the Sunu launching this month.
  • To address declining braille literacy rates amongst the blind and visually impaired, a team from the Harvard Innovations Lab has devised an innovative system that allows someone to independently learn braille without the guiding hand of a trained teacher.​
  • A short-range radar wearable being developed by the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland could soon be guiding the visually impaired through their outdoor activities. VTT’s Guidesense is a chest-worn monitor that alerts the wearer of potential obstacles through vibrations and voice feedback.
  • Science
    Scientists from the University of Rochester Medical Center have devised a non-invasive system of imaging retinal cells, and it could ultimately be used to catch conditions such as glaucoma before they lead to blindness.​
  • Science
    Participants in a study have successfully played through a video game without ever actually looking at it. They were guided through virtual mazes via direct brain stimulation, which could lead to sensory prosthetics to help visually-impaired people navigate or provide a new way to interact with VR.