Samsung 'Blind Cap' Uses Vibrations to Connect Blind Swimmers and Coaches

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 17, 2016
References: youtube & digitalbuzzblog
The future of swimming caps could be about more than just keeping hair dry and encouraging streamlined movements underwater. As an official sponsor of the Olympic Games, Samsung developed the 'Blind Cap' as a revolutionary tool for blind swimmers.

Ordinarily, blind swimmers only know that the end of a lane is coming up because there is a "tapper" who uses a long pole to tap on them and indicate that a turn must be made. Samsung's Blind Cap makes it possible for swimming coaches and competitive swimmers to communicate much more effectively.

The Blind Cap is the first swimming cap of its kind to be able to vibrate, which works as an indicator that the end of a lane is approaching. Vibrations are controlled by a coach outside of the pool, who is able to send a message to the smart swimming cap via Bluetooth technology and an app.