Smash-a-Ball is a Wearable Electronic Game for Visually Impaired Kids

By: Laura McQuarrie - Apr 7, 2015
References: kickstarter & techcrunch
Nadia Guevara and Pedro Bori, a pair of educational psychologists from Mexico teamed up to create Smash-a-Ball, a wearable toy that fosters cognitive development in children with vision impairments. The game consists of a few parts, including a backpack, a wrist-worn band and a board that provides tactile feedback. As Bori describes: "When the child is wearing the backpack he will get tactile stimulus from the backpack in a way that he/she has to mimic with the main board, as fast and precise possible."

With components that give feedback and stimuli for pattern matching, this helps to improve a child's memory, reaction time, spatial awareness and confidence. In a child's later life, these skills are vital for adapting to unfamiliar environments and situations.