Vibrating Belt Could Help the Blind Navigate the World

Vibrating Belt Could Help the Blind Navigate the World

Sensory augmentation worn on the waist

Leo Lutero
  • 14 january 2016

The feelSpace Navigation Belt is fitted with 16 actuators that vibrate to guide a blind person. Paired up to a GPS-enabled phone, it acts as the blind’s precise guide to navigating the city.

Using the belt is easy. The desired destination is keyed in on the smartphone, the route is calculated, and the belt does the navigating. A vibrator signals at which specific angle to make a turn to while the other actuators dynamically vibrate in response, so the wearer knows when to stop turning.

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