Infrared goggles allow blind see via vibrations

Scientists from the Technical University of Munich developed infrared goggles that can help blind people avoid obstacles with the aid of vibrating pads.

The device uses infrared cameras that capture the surrounding area. Anytime the user approaches an object, the device sends a signal to pads attached to their forearms, which then vibrate similarly to a video-game controller. 

The new technology not only works in total darkness, but also enables the users to keep their hands free while they navigate their environment. Traditional tools such as the cane always keep one hand occupied, which can cause problems for those using them.

This device could surely improve the quality of life for the visually impaired. However, it might also be used by everyone else as some sort of an early-warning system, not unlike the technologies currently used in autonomous driving.

What do you think of this development’s wider applications? Is it going to help us finally stop accidentally bumping into things and each other? Please let us know in the comments below.

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