Last Wednesday, my life changed forever. I got an iPhone. I consider it the greatest thing to happen to the blind for a very long time, possibly ever. It offers unparalleled access to properly made applications, and changed my life in twenty-four hours. The iPhone only has one thing holding it back: iTunes. Nevertheless, I have fallen in love.
Whenever a user wearing viSparsh belt encounters an obstacle, the sensors find the distance and direction of the obstacle and provide vibratory feedback to the user.
For this, the team modified Microsoft’s Kinect, a motion sensing input device for the Xbox 360 video game console, and mounted it on the belt.
The vibrations are produced only in the direction of the obstacle and the intensity of the vibration increases as the obstacle gets closer so that the user can identify the direction of obstacle and judge if the obstacle is near or far.
Swedish company Tobii, a pioneer in eye tracking technology, has come up with a way to control the screen of a laptop or desktop with your eyes that’s actuate within a quarter of an inch.
The technology was first made available to people with handicaps, but it’s progressed and will soon be available to the general public.