Toyota is in the process of developing a futuristic and high-tech wearable navigation device that is designed to make it a lot easier for visually impaired and blind people to get around.
Developed via Project Blaid, this navigation device is worn around the neck. The device uses special sensors and cameras to study the surrounding environment before relaying information and cues to the wearer via special auditory and tactile cues that use vibration. The device is capable of recognizing elements such as doors, stairways, escalators, signs and bathrooms, and can enable wearers to utilize and navigate their environment accordingly.
As impressive as this navigation wearable already is, future versions are expected to be able to integrate facial recognition and object identification modules as well. This is a fine example of high technology being used to significantly improve the daily lives of people with disabilities, in this case visual impairment.