Ocular Assistance 2.0

Technology advances to offer easier navigation for the visually impaired

Implications - Navigation for the visually impaired is dramatically improving with the introduction of smart technology. More specifically, technology is being implemented to anticipate and forewarn users about obstacles and obstructions that are typically unaccounted for by traditional navigational products. These innovations reflect a consumer demand for more exhaustive methods that guarantee ease and simplicity in the lifestyles of those living with disabilities.
SCORE: 6
This Year and Mild Top 6 Examples: 17,409 Total Clicks Jan 15 - Sep 16
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Wheeled Walking Sticks - 'Take Me Away' is a Smart Cane for Guiding the Visually Impaired
SCORE: 6.9
V. Hot 12,388 Clicks Pub: Feb 4, 15
Wheeled Walking Sticks
'Take Me Away' is a Smart Cane for Guiding the Visually Impaired
The majority of canes for the blind tend to receive some friction from the ground below, making the idea behind this wheeled walking stick seem like an obvious solution. Despite that, the... [More]
Vibrating Navigational Boots - Hi-Tec's Navigator Boots Use Bluetooth to Guide through Vibrations
SCORE: 8.4
This Year and V. Hot 1,668 Clicks Pub: Sep 6, 16
Vibrating Navigational Boots
Hi-Tec's Navigator Boots Use Bluetooth to Guide through Vibrations
The Navigator boots from Dutch apparel company Hi-Tec feel like they have a mind of their own. That’s because the boots are equipped with Bluetooth technology that causes them to vibrate while... [More]
Sight-Sharing Apps - Be My Eyes is a Crowdsourced Video Chat that Helps Blind Individuals
SCORE: 4.1
Mild 2,353 Clicks Pub: Jan 19, 15
Sight-Sharing Apps
Be My Eyes is a Crowdsourced Video Chat that Helps Blind Individuals
The Be My Eyes app is a great tool for visual impaired individuals as well as those who believe they can help make a difference in their lives. It is a crowdsourced video chat service that allows... [More]
Wearable Navigation Devices - This Horseshoe-Shaped Gadget Helps Visually Impaired People Get Around
SCORE: 4.4
This Year and Untested 131 Clicks Pub: Mar 8, 16
Wearable Navigation Devices
This Horseshoe-Shaped Gadget Helps Visually Impaired People Get Around
Toyota is in the process of developing a futuristic and high-tech wearable navigation device that is designed to make it a lot easier for visually impaired and blind people to get around.... [More]
Obstacle Alerting Apps - Aerial Object Detection App Keeps the Blind from Experiencing Collisions
SCORE: 3.4
Untested 356 Clicks Pub: Feb 4, 15
Obstacle Alerting Apps
Aerial Object Detection App Keeps the Blind from Experiencing Collisions
The Aerial Object Detection app addresses the fact that standard low-tech apparatuses for the visually impaired are seriously lacking in functionality and the facility of safety. A walking stick or... [More]
Visually Impaired Wearable Tech - The Microsoft Headset Emits a 3D-Soundscape of Audio as a Guide
SCORE: 2.1
Untested 513 Clicks Pub: Feb 4, 15
Visually Impaired Wearable Tech
The Microsoft Headset Emits a 3D-Soundscape of Audio as a Guide
Addressing the safety and freedom of the visually impaired is at the heart of this Microsoft headset. It is an exciting piece of wearable technology that creates a 3D-soundscape of audio to guide... [More]
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