Samsung’s Vibrating Cap Lets Blind Swimmers Refocus On Competitive Drive
Bluetooth and a smartwatch allow an Paralympic sport to improve upon 56-year-old technique
Since 1960, when blind swimming became a Paralympic sport, professional swim teams have had to rely on a less-than-ideal alert system when simmers near an approaching wall: the tap of a pole wielded by their swim coach. What’s more, the tap must be timed with a swimmer’s stroke so as to not hinder their movement and jeopardize a competition. Unhappy with this 56-year approach, Samsung, in collaboration with the Spanish Paralympic Committee and Cheil Spain, have conceptualized the Samsung Blind Cap, a cap fitted with a small vibrating sensor that alerts blind swimmers in a much less obtrusive and unwieldy manner.