A German startup recently designed a smart belt that uses vibrations to guide the visually impaired. The invention is just one of the ways that companies are using new technology to make the world more accessible for those with physical limitations.
The feelSpace Navigation Belt is a wearable device that uses vibrations to help guide the wearer. The belt itself is equipped with 16 actuators that produce specific vibrations according to GPS information. Users simply key in their desired destination on their smartphone and the belt will do the navigating. The smart belt also gives users a sense of where true north is to give them a better understanding of how they are navigating a physical space.
The feelSpace Navigation Belt ultimately offers a tactile way for the visually impaired to move about independently.