"When the (visually) disabled drink beverages, they do not know what they are drinking, nor the price of paper money that they are holding, nor the food seasoning that they are putting on their food," says the new product's Korean designers, Soonkyu Jang, Jieun Seo & Seung-un Kim. "We invented this special product to help and to improve the quality of lives of disabled people who live alone... this will give a hand to them, to have a better life."
Not surprising at all : Chinese designer Chueh Lee over at Samsung China who designed “Touch Sight” camera , touted as the "world's first camera for the visually-challenged", has won worldwide raves, not to mention a lot of exuberant media hype.
“Touch Sight is a revolutionary digital camera designed for visually impaired people. Simple features make it easy to use, including a unique feature which records sound for three seconds after pressing the shutter button. The user can then use the sound as reference when reviewing and managing the photos. Touch Sight does not have an LCD but instead has a lightweight, flexible Braille display sheet which displays a 3D image by embossing the surface, allowing the user to touch their photo. The sound file and picture document combine to become a touchable photo that is saved in the device and can be uploaded to share with others–and downloaded to other Touch Sight cameras.”
The camera is positioned at the individual's forehead, more like positioned at the "third eye", with simple functionalities. Chueh also maintains that the visually-impaired will have no trouble as to sensing distances and figuring out lighting, since they will be using their non-visual senses.
Chueh further says: "Their sense of hearing is especially sharp, every rustle of wind in the trees catches their attention and can be used to judge distances. Other senses come into play as well. The heat of the sun or a lamp in a living room, for example, signals a direct source of light. They regularly use their non-visual senses to feel the world and manifest it into a mental photograph.”
A creation by Japanese designer Takumi Yoshida, this one is for "the nearly blind" , features lighted sides which help convey different alert messages, with state-of-the-art designing via more tactile keys in its keyboard arrangement, "distinguishable not only for the blind but for anyone trying to interact with this device."
Contrary to common assumption that all visually-impaired individuals are knowledgable with Braille, this invention are for these disabled folks. Enter the Braille Interpreter designed by Hyung Jin Lim: a single-finger white glove with a tactile sensor, making use of bluetooth technology-guided headphone and interpreting software.
"The index finger portion of the glove hosts the said tactile sensor. Skim it over the Braille surface and it sends a feed to the main device housed on the back of the glove. The feeds are then interpreted and beamed to the headphone via Bluetooth as voice data."
Dubbed as having the "Skim-Interpret-Hear Voice" feature, it provides a nifty enough solution for those who can’t cope with Braille.
Designer Nike Prosthetics by Colin Matsco
"3D printing has become an incredibly powerful tool to customize one-off products for differing applications. This project was based on using this technology to design a customized prosthetic leg for a specific user- a young, urban, male athlete. Nike was chosen as an appropriate brand to bring form to the leg. It also required familiarizing oneself with the emotional, medical, lifestyle, and physical changes the user would encounter."
Designed by Frenchman Arnaud Lapierre, this prototype watch created in conjunction with Swatch with a beautiful end result: a double ring ceramic device that tells time by touch called Sens.
"The 12 hour point is marked with braille so you can identify which way is up. The upper most ring tells you what hour it is simply by its distance from the 12 hour marker. The secondary clear ring is your alarm. It’s distance from the upper ring denotes how much time you have left to sleep. It’s also a way to set the alarm without having to see the device."