Innovations for the Blind

Products & services that cater to visual impairment
Implications - A largely ignored demographic, visually impaired consumers are given few opportunities to participate in sight-friendly activities. Given that 1.5 million blind Americans currently use computers, however, there’s a tremendous opportunity to reach this audience online and a dire need for more innovation in this sector. Products that currently help the blind live more independently or enjoy pop culture include avatars for the blind in virtual worlds, dining-in-the-dark restaurants, electronic gadgets, clothes and games. In the world of science, bionic eyes and solar powered retinal implants are some recent breakthroughs.
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Braille Tattoos - Body Modifications for the Blind Make Sight and Touch Statements
SCORE: 6.9
Viral 81,103 Clicks Pub: Oct 19, 07
Braille Tattoos
Body Modifications for the Blind Make Sight and Touch Statements
Braille tattoos are a new innovation that allow the blind to enjoy body modifications too. Klara Jirkova, a student at the University of Arts in Berlin, came up with an innovation to modify the body… [More]
Playboy in Braille
SCORE: 6.5
V. Hot 63,397 Clicks Pub: Jan 16, 07
Playboy in Braille
Blind people enjoy pornography too. That's what you'll learn when you pick up a copy of Playboy in braille. Although, if you don't know how to read braille, you won't know the difference between an ad… [More]
Braille Wine Bottle
SCORE: 3.9
Warm 7,996 Clicks Pub: Aug 15, 06
Braille Wine Bottle
Feel your way around the worlds first braille enhanced bottle of wine which is lighting the way for blind wine drinkers everywhere. Although there is a braille wine "label" in existence this is the first… [More]
Braille Watches - The X-Watch
SCORE: 4.5
Warm 28,579 Clicks Pub: Jul 18, 08
Braille Watches
The X-Watch
The X- Watch by Damian Kozlik is a sexy X shaped L.E.D. timepiece that is designed for both sighted and blind people. Blind people can use the X-Watch by moving their fingers along the graduated watch… [More]
Porn For The Blind - Naughty Reading for the Visually Impaired
SCORE: 5.7
Warm 39,662 Clicks Pub: Apr 16, 08
Porn For The Blind
Naughty Reading for the Visually Impaired
I never stopped to consider how the visually impaired surfed the Internet. But what about porn? Do the braille outputs resemble the image seen here or does a robotic voice whistle or say "what a woman!"?… [More]
Avatars For The Blind - Irish IBM Students Brighten Second Life
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Warm 6,033 Clicks Pub: Sep 19, 07
Avatars For The Blind
Irish IBM Students Brighten Second Life
The blind demographic has been missing out on simulated life in the virtual world, but Irish IBM students hope to change that. “The students have designed an audio equivalent of the virtual world using… [More]