Visionovation (UPDATE)

Inventions helping the visually impaired navigate the world around them
Implications - While the World Health Organization reports that there are 285 million visually impaired people around the world, until very recently this large consumer group has received only mild attention from innovators and brands. In the last few years tech companies have begun focusing on the development of electronics and gadgets, such as braille cellphones, for the visually impaired, and now, an increasing number of inventions are coming to the fore. Ranging from shopping aids to hi-tech walking sticks, these innovations are helping visually impaired people around the world perform everyday activities more easily and efficiently than ever before.
SCORE: 2.9
Untested Top 6 Examples: 24,877 Total Clicks Jan 12 - Jul 12
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Vision-Enabling Bumpy Devices - Braille-Equipped Electronic Readers Let the Blind Use Smartphones
SCORE: 3.8
Mild 1,968 Clicks Pub: Mar 15, 12
Vision-Enabling Bumpy Devices
Braille-Equipped Electronic Readers Let the Blind Use Smartphones
While it may have been a rough road, advances in technology are allowing the visually-impaired to make better use of their smartphones and computers using new Braille-equipped electronic readers. The… [More]
Visually Impaired Eyewear - The Navigation Blind Sunglasses Help Guide the Handicap
SCORE: 4.7
Mild 10,060 Clicks Pub: Jun 19, 12
Visually Impaired Eyewear
The Navigation Blind Sunglasses Help Guide the Handicap
While many visually impaired individuals wear sunglasses to hide their handicap from the world, the Navigation Blind Sunglasses isn’t the typical type of eyewear they would normally opt for.... [More]
GPS Walking Sticks - The Sonicane 2.0 Lets the Blind Guide Themselves
SCORE: 2.3
Untested 7,098 Clicks Pub: Jan 12, 12
GPS Walking Sticks
The Sonicane 2.0 Lets the Blind Guide Themselves
The Sonicane 2.0 is a tech-savvy walking stick designed by Soonjae Kwon. Kwon's cane is meant to give the blind more freedom in their travels and is equipped with GPS. The Sonicane 2.0 gives feedback… [More]
Virtual Reality Sight-Improving Glasses - Intelligent Goggles Help the Visually Impaired Navigate
SCORE: 2.5
Untested 1,863 Clicks Pub: Jun 1, 12
Virtual Reality Sight-Improving Glasses
Intelligent Goggles Help the Visually Impaired Navigate
While toting around a cane or being led around by a guide dog can be helpful for someone who has lost their sight, Intelligent Goggles allow the visually impaired to get around on their own. The... [More]
Melodic Interpretation Glasses - EyeMusic Translates Visual Stimuli Into Sounds for the Blind
SCORE: 2
Untested 548 Clicks Pub: Jul 20, 12
Melodic Interpretation Glasses
EyeMusic Translates Visual Stimuli Into Sounds for the Blind
There have been a number of sensory-based innovations helping the blind sense the world around them, and the EyeMusic is one that does so in a pleasant and stimulating way. Created by the Hebrew... [More]
Visual Barcode Scanners - See Assistive Techology Makes it Easier for the Blind to Shop
SCORE: 1.7
Untested 3,340 Clicks Pub: Jan 22, 12
Visual Barcode Scanners
See Assistive Techology Makes it Easier for the Blind to Shop
See Assistive Technology is the latest conceptual device designed to make shopping easier for the blind. The gadget consists of two parts, a wrist-worn bracelet and earbuds. The bracelet is used to scan… [More]
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