Touch-Based Virtual Reality For The Blind Developed At Startup Weekend Education Hyderabad
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We built a wearable device that can help people sense a virtual object (like a square, a map of the world, a cube or an entire solar system), through a small vibrating motor on their hand by moving their hand around in the air. This would be particularly helpful for the blind and the visually impaired as it can help them better visualize shapes, learn geography and access images like they never could before. And I'm very proud to tell you that our team at Color Me Black won Startup Weekend Education Hyderabad!
Congratulations to the rest of the team! And many thanks to all our avid supporters and friends. Also a very special thanks to Faisal from Dialogue In the Dark - India for sparing his valuable time. He helped us fine tune the idea to better help students and showed us how technology has been helping the visually impaired. Stay tuned, you'll be hearing more about this soon! #MakeInIndia #Wearables #InternetOfThings #VirtualReality #Haptics
The prototype is a glove that people can wear. When they move their hand around, an arduino onboard detects the movement and turns on a small vibrator-motor on the glove. If we have the computer simulate the shape of a square, the glove-wearer would feel a vibration on their hand as they move it along it's imagined boundaries, allowing them to get a sense of it's shape.
Blind students and blind people in general have a tough time visualizing, understanding and using images. With the help of this smart-glove, we can give them a sense of what things in the image might be shaped like, enabling them to better use that information.
Learn more about our startup, Colour Me Black and how we will continue to innovate for the blind!