A project log for 3D Haptic Vest for Visually Impaired and Gamers

This project's goal was to make a vest that a visually impaired or gamer could use when moving around in their environment(real or virtual).

sean-bensonSean Benson 08/21/2014 at 02:230 Comments

To test this project I got a dozen volunteers to use the vest while blindfolded and some of them listened to loud rock music.  They did not have any direct collision when put into a maze of obstacles.  They all took about a minute or less each to learn how to use the vest.  So it is very intuitive.  What is directly in front of the sensor is displayed on the belly and the peripherals are displayed on the left and right portions of the back.  High objects can be determined from low objects because of the 4 rows of motors.  Higher objects are on the higher rows and lower objects are on lower rows.  Soon I will try the vest on legally blind people.