Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new system that uses a 3-D camera, a belt with separately controllable vibrational motors distributed around it, and an electronically reconfigurable Braille interface to give visually impaired users more information about their environments. The system could be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to a cane. In a paper they've presented at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the researchers describe the system and a series of usability studies they conducted with visually impaired volunteers.

Article: http://news.mit.edu/2017/wearable-visually-impaired-users-navigate-0531