A Professional Opinion

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 09/17/2014 at 16:540 Comments

I demonstrated my vest for Dr. Joe Fontenot of the Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation (CSVR) in Mobile, AL. on September 2. (See for more information.) Dr. Fontenot, who is legally blind, also tried on the vest. He gave some positive feedback. We also discussed the challenges that visually impaired people face in everyday life. He was impressed by the vest and was not aware of anything like it in the marketplace. He liked the idea of using it to communicate to a remote assistant. If I can make the vest send emails with pictures then a remote assistant could call and help identify items in the surrounding environment. The remote assistant email could be configured to be that of a relative or a friend.

9/28/14 Update:  I was able to get this to work. See the Connectivity log entry.