Saturday, June 15, 2013

‘Morse-Code’ Type Device Could Help Visually Impaired

“In the near future, a buzz in your belt or a pulse from your jacket may give you instructions on how to navigate your surroundings.” That’s the tease from Medical News Today. “Think of it as tactile Morse code: vibrations from a wearable, GPS-linked device that tell you to turn right or left, or stop, depending on the pattern of pulses you feel. Such a device could free drivers from having to look at maps, and could also serve as a tactile guide for the visually and hearing impaired. Lynette Jones, a senior research scientist in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, designs wearable tactile displays. Through her work, she's observed that the skin is a sensitive - though largely untapped - medium for communication.” Read more.

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