The 'BrainPort V100' Allows the Visually Impaired to See

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jun 25, 2015
References: wicab & bustle
The 'BrainPort V100' is a new multi-sensory device that helps the visually impaired to see with their tongues. The new device is inspired by a similar tool that helps deaf people use their tongues to hear. Both devices use a similar kind of technology that turns sound waves into unique tongue vibrations.

The BrainPort V100 works by requiring users to wear a pair of dark glasses with a built-in video camera. The images seen by the viewer are converted into electrical signals, which are then transmitted to the wearer through a specially designed mouthpiece. The degrees of vibration will change based on different levels of light. While the device cannot help the visually impaired to see exactly what is in front of them, it can help the user orient themselves in a space.