Now Visually Impaired can do away with their traditional white cane (walking stick) and instead, choose to use a much lighter wearable ring-like device that could change the whole dynamics of using support. A new mobility device called Live Braille has entered the market which can help a blind person navigate his way by sending haptic feedback or vibrations through the sense of touch.
21 year old’s brainchild
The device, a brainchild of 21-year-old Abhinav Verma is a revolutionary product that can make the concept of white cane obsolete. The fully wearable device allows a person to swipe his hand in the air to know instantly about the surrounding environment. The device has two ultrasonic range finders that can detect the distance and speed of an object it is pointed towards. It can also detect whether the object is a wall, a book or a human being in the range of up to 3.5 meters. With at least ten different kinds of signals, the device can send through a combination of amplitude and intensity of vibrations.
Low cost and high on purpose
Verma claims this device to be 100-times better than any other such mobility device because it is lighter (30 grams) and has got a way better battery life. The Live Braille is available in two different versions one at $299 another at $700. However, in India, it can be procured from an NGO at a subsidized rate of Rs 6,999. Verma came up with the prototype at the age of 18 when he was in college and got it patented. The product that launched in March this year is already being sold across 16 different countries of the world. Some of the clients include the Royal National Institute of Blind People and American Federation for the Blind.