There is so much work and research in front of us as a society to improve the quality of life for blind or partially-sighted people. Around 253 million people suffer with blindness or visual impairment meaning improvements in new technologies is vital. The advancement of technology, from Braille to smart canes and smart glasses as well as the introduction of reading devices could turn tablets or smartphones into indispensable aids for the visually impaired. Here are some tools which can help a blind person adapt and some tools which enable blind people to "see."
1. Assisted Vision Smart Glasses
Glasses like this present the world in outlines for the partially-sighted people and allows them to notice the movement or facial expressions. Whoever looks through these glasses can receive a different kind of information about who or what is in front of them so are excellent for the visually impaired. The disadvantage is that they can't be used by someone who doesn't see anything as they are designed for the ones who are 'severely sight impaired.' And they can't replace the lost vision, they can only assist with the spatial awareness.
2. The Seeing Walking Cane
We’ve all seen the walking canes for the blind but with increasing technology they’ve managed to install a sensor at the end of the walking stick to read sonic vibrations. This gives an accurate way for the visually impaired to get their aspects in an environment and could be particularly helpful when dealing with the stairs or some other possibly dangerous scenarios.
3. Safe and Sanitary Mug
Most blind people are having difficulties while pouring hot tea or coffee into a cup as it is their fingers that are usually used for measuring. However, with the gadget such as this one, the pouring process is much safer as the mug emits a specific noise when the liquid reaches a built-in water sensor. No more burnt fingers!
4. The Correct Time
With this gadget, the "Feel the time" watch, partially-sighted people could have an excellent opportunity to check the time all by themselves. The face features ribbed discs, that allow you to measure both the hour and the minute. The 12 o’clock mark also has an outer circle break allowing for a starting point and accurate reading.
5. Braille Tablets
Who wants to transport heavy books around, particularly with the size, weight and expense of braille books? Encourage reading for the visually impaired or blind by using an E-reader that is specifically designed for braille. The development of some technology brings unexpected benefits, particularly for blind or visually impaired people who can become almost independent and avoid missing out on certain aspects of life (reading for one!)