The 'Echo' Helps Individuals with Visual Impairments in Their Daily Lives

By: Mishal Omar - Sep 21, 2016
References: fastcodesign
This sound navigation device helps individuals learn how to become independent in the face of vision loss or impairment.

Called the 'Echo,' the device was created by Yee Jek Khaw who began to empathize with the difficulties associated with navigating in a world that is not constructed for people with visual impairments. The sound navigation device is connected to an app and users can load familiar sounds onto it so that the Echo can play them. The device is then used in therapy as a way to teach people to learn how to navigate with their visual impairments -- how to differentiate between sounds, determine relative distances in order to "gain directional information" and to pinpoint landmarks so that navigation in noisy areas will still be a possibility.

This device helps to empower people with visual impairments to learn how to navigate on their own, simultaneously ensuring their independence and physical well-being.