Palestinian students design vest to help blind walk unaided

Palestinian students design vest to help blind walk unaided

Written by Staff Writer

19 Mar, 2015 | 12:39 pm

Ever imagined a visually impaired person walking without an aid? And now this makes it possible.

Palestinian students attached to the Polytechnic University in Hebron have designed a vest to help the blind navigate using vibration and commands. This helps the blind and seriously visually impaired to walk unaided.

Their Smart Assist System for Blind People (SASB) is designed to be used in place of the traditional white cane used by the sightless.

Apparently this also provides the user with a sound alert signalling the capacity of its battery before switching immediately  to energy saving mode before it runs out. However the vest wearer can also follow voice commands through headphones connected to the system.

The Project Supervisor Dr. Ramzi al-Qawasmi under whose supervision the project was developed expressed the importance of improving the lives of the visually impaired. He said ” The project constitutes of a vest worn by the visually impaired to help them to integrate into society and communicate with people through directing and coaching them through a path which is free of obstacles,”


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