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Touch Sight: A Camera For the Blind

This is one of the most interesting and amazing inventions we’ve seen in a while. The Touch Sight ‘camera’ is a way for blind people...

Dan Gould
Dan Gould on August 13, 2008.

This is one of the most interesting and amazing inventions we’ve seen in a while. The Touch Sight ‘camera’ is a way for blind people to capture memories of a moment. Instead of grabbing an image, the Touch Sight records sound for three seconds after pressing the shutter button. A malleable 3D braille display also renders an embossed image so users can feel the photo. These sense-photos can be saved on the camera for playback and can be downloaded by other Touch Sight devices.

Yanko Design explores some of the research behind the camera:

One interesting aspect discovered by Chueh in his research is that holding the camera to the forehead is the optimal position for this device. He discovered that “at the Beit Ha’iver (Center for the Blind) in Herzliya, Israel, the instructor who teaches a photography course for the visually impaired discovered that holding the camera to the forehead, like a third eye, is the best way for them to stabilize and aim the camera. The instructor also found the visually impaired have no problems estimating distances, since their sense of hearing is especially sharp. Every rustle of wind in the trees catches their attention and can be used to judge distances. Other senses come into play as well. The heat of the sun or a lamp in a living room, for example, signals a direct source of light. They regularly use their non-visual senses to feel the world and manifest it into a mental photograph.”

[via Yanko Design]

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